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Won’t bow to int’l pressure: PM

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Ruling out the possibility of bowing down to any sort of international pressure over the just held 10th parliamentary polls, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said that her government will continue to work for the welfare of the country and its people, UNB reported.
‘You know well that Sheikh Hasina does not succumb to any pressure, be it national or international. The country is ours and the people are also ours. We’ll continue the work as needed for the country and its people,’ she said.
Sheikh Hasina made the observation while talking to the reporters at Bangabhaban in the afternoon after taking oath as the prime minister for the third time after her party, Awami League, swept to an absolute majority in the recently held national election.
The prime minister also sought cooperation of all to run the new government and reiterated her call to BNP to stop ‘destructive acts’ which are impeding the normal life and livelihood of the people, and also sever its ties with Jamaat-e-Islami.
‘We want cooperation of all to run the new government. I’ve told BNP earlier and tell them again to shun the destructive acts like enforcing hartals and blockades, burning people to death and felling trees, and also sever its ties with war criminal Jamaat,’ she said.
Hasina said the BNP chairperson might have realized that she had committed a mistake by not joining the 10th parliamentary elections.
‘She (Khaleda) might have realized that the advice she was given from whatever quarter not to join the polls proved not a good advice… I’ll expect she (Khaleda) will remain in the path of democracy reorganizing her party leaving the subversive, militant and terrorist activities.’
The prime minister mentioned that her government wants to create national consensus and understanding in a bid to save public life and property, ensure security of the minorities, halt political vengeance, maintain the flow of development, and keep trade, commerce, export and all political activities above all kinds of violent activities.
‘We’ll take whatever steps are necessary to protect the public life and property, ensure peace and safeguard democracy. We want that political vengeance, terrorism and violence will be eliminated, and thus peace and security will prevail among common people,’ she said.
In this regard, Hasina said that her government has been able to prove in the last five years that Bangladesh is capable of moving ahead economically. ‘We’re moving ahead, we’ll also move ahead in the coming days, Insha-Allah.’
About dialogue with BNP, she said her government may take any steps for the continuation of democracy. ‘We may take any steps for the continuation of democracy and we won’t face any trouble in this regard.’
She, however, said that for this, BNP will have to stop terrorist activities and militancy first, and also sever its ties with Jamaat.




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