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BD won’t be allowed to be playground of militancy: PM

United News of Bangladesh . Shafipur

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, cuts a cake at Ansar-VDP Academy at Shafipur in Gazipur on Wednesday, celebrating the 34th rally of the Ansar and VDP. — Focusbangla photo  The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, cuts a cake at Ansar-VDP Academy at Shafipur in Gazipur on Wednesday, celebrating the 34th rally of the Ansar and VDP. — Focusbangla photo

Mentioning that Bangladesh had been a country of militancy, terrorism and corruption under the BNP-Jamaat rule, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the soil of Bangladesh would not be allowed to become a playground of militancy and terrorism again by any means.
She directed all the law enforcement agencies including Bangladesh Ansar and VDP and also urged the countrymen to remain alert so that the anti-democratic and communal forces against the spirit of the liberation war, BNP-Jamaat-Shibir and their cohorts could no longer destabilise the country.
Addressing the 34th National Rally of Ansar and VDP at the Ansar Academy here in the morning, the Prime Minister also asked the Ansar and VDP members to discharge their sacred duty with utmost courage, professional skill, neutrality, transparency and accountability.
‘While discharging your duties, please behave decently with the people and also be compassionate to the hapless section of society, especially women, children and the elderly,’ she told the Asar & VDP members.
Sheikh Hasina expressed her optimism that the Ansar & VDP members would work more devotedly to ensure welfare of the country and its people.
‘Let’s all work to place our motherland in the world arena in a more dignified position,’ she said.
Mentioning that the country’s people had elected her party to run the government for the third time, the PM said that her government was committed to maintaining the continuity of development for the sake of the country and ensuring welfare of its people.
‘We’re pledge-bound to uphold the spirit of the war of liberation, the rule of law and justice,’ she added.
Earlier, on her arrival at the Ansar Academy, the Prime Minister was received by state minister for home affairs Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, home secretary CQK Mushtaq Ahmed, director general of  Bangladesh Ansar and VDP Major General Md Nazim Uddin and commandant of Ansar Academy Dilip Kumar Biswas.
Riding an open jeep, the Prime Minister inspected the parade of a smartly-turned out contingent of Bangladesh Ansar and VDP on the occasion and took the salute.
Later, Sheikh Hasina handed over Bangladesh Ansar Medals to four Ansar members; Bangladesh Ansar Medal (posthumously) to one; President’s Ansar Medals to seven; Bangladesh VDP Medals to one; President’s VDP Medals to four; Bangladesh Ansar Services Medals to five; Bangladesh Ansar Services Medals (posthumously) to nine; and President’s Ansar Services Medals to 49 Ansar members.
Ministers, advisers to the Prime Minister, parliament members, diplomats and high civil and military officials were present at the function.
Listing various violent and destructive acts unleashed by what she said militant and terrorist outfits of BNP-Jamaat, the Prime Minister said they carried out unprecedented attacks on individuals and destroyed properties of the public and private organizations in the name of movement.
‘Trains and rail tracks were made their vicious target,’ she said, adding that Ansar and VDP played a significant role in resisting acts of sabotage against railway.
In this regard, she noted that two members of Ansar were killed and three others injured while on duty to protect trains and rail tracks.
Sheikh Hasina thanked the Ansars for the responsible role it played in the January 5 elections and mentioned that one of its members was killed.
Later, the premier addressed the officers of the force at the Officers’ Mess at the academy.
Sheikh Hasina also enjoyed a colourful cultural function performed by the members of Ansar and VDP.
She also inaugurated an Officers’ Mess, a multipurpose training shade, and a swimming pool at the Ansar and VDP Academy.




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