PM tells armed forces to stay alertNew Age Online
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked the armed forces to be vigilant all the time for any situation, although Bangladesh always believes in peace, reports UNB.
‘We want peace, but you have to stay alert all the time to face any situation and we have to enhance our capability to this end,’ she said during a meeting with NDC Commandant, faculties, staff members and participants of NDC and War Course-2013 held at her office.
Hasina said having strong armed forces in a country like Bangladesh does not mean that they would engage in war.
“The armed forces will be used for maintaining peace not only in the country, but also across the world.”
In this connection, she cited examples of the Bangladesh armed forces in the UN Peacekeeping missions across the globe.
The prime minister said that despite financial constraints, the government has increased the budgetary allocation for modernizing the armed forces.
“We increased the allocation so that our armed forces could compete with other armed forces of the world.”
She expressed the hope that the country’s armed forces will continue to maintain its high standard of efficiency and professionalism.
Hasina mentioned that the patriotic armed forces of Bangladesh, established in the battle field of liberation war, have always worked with integrity, commitment and diligence to help the people in times of natural calamities and other disasters.
They have implemented strategic infrastructure projects and worked generally with very high standard at both home and abroad, she said, adding that they have earned very good reputation internally as well as internationally.
Mentioning Bangladesh’s strategic geographic location as important in the global politics, the PM said Bangladesh is playing a major role in promoting regional integration.
Besides, she said, Bangladesh is also playing important role in establishing peace at domestic, regional and international levels.
A total of 64 participants including 26 from China, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Malaysia and Tanzania are taking part in the NDC and War Course 2013.
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