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Armed forces must remain vigilant to face threat, uphold democratic trend: PM

New Age Online

Country’s armed forces must remain vigilant and ready to face any threat and uphold the democratic trend and the constitution, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told a conference of generals on Sunday.
The conference was held at the Officers’ Mess (new) of Army Headquarters in Dhaka Cantonment with the Prime Minister in the chair, UNB reported.
Sheikh Hasina, who is also in-charge of the Ministry of Defence, said the 10th general election was held on January 5 for constitutional obligation and to maintain the democratic process.
In this connection, Hasina mentioned that the Bangladesh Army has played a significant role in smooth and successfully holding of the election.
She said the army alongside other law enforcement agencies played an active role in holding the parliamentary elections peacefully maintaining peace and stability across the country.
People comfortably exercised their voting rights during the election due to the active presence of the Army, she said.
Putting emphasis on maintaining the chain of command in the Army, the Prime Minister said senior officers should present themselves as honest, moral and dutiful before their junior colleagues.
In this regard, she directed senior officials of the Bangladesh Army to continue discharging their duties with responsibility, brotherhood and mutual trust maintaining discipline and remaining loyal to the leadership.
‘You’ll have to earn respect and loyalty of the sub-ordinates and look after their all needs, hopes and aspirations and thoughts,’ Hasina said.
The Prime Minister stressed the need for time befitting training of the members of the Army and said all measures have been taken to ensure world standard training to make them more efficient.
Citing the contributions of members of the Army for developing the infrastructure of the country, she said, the organisation has been playing a very important role in constructing flyovers, bridges, roads and highways and other infrastructures.
Various important responsibilities including supervision of construction works of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge have already been entrusted to the glorious Army for its professional fame and dependency, she said.
While talking about Peelkhana incident happened on February 25, 2009, the Prime Minister said her government has set an example in the history by completing the trial of the carnage in which 57 army officers were martyred. “I was determined to keep my commitment and we have set an example by finishing such a big trial within short time,” she said.
The premier assured the armed forces of providing all assistance and cooperation to recast, modernise and strengthen the capability of the organization further.
She thanked the Army Chief and all members of the Force for their contribution towards advancing the trend of development of the country through the continuation of the progress of the Army despite various adverse situations.
Earlier, on her arrival at the venue, the Prime Minister was received by the Prime Minister’s Defense Adviser Major General (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique and Chief of Army Staff General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan.




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