Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the drives against militancy, terrorism, and drugs, will continue in order to free Bangladesh from elements detrimental to society.
“The drives against militancy, terrorism, and drugs, will go on. We want to build a drug, militancy, and terrorism-free Bangladesh,” she said.
The prime minister made the comment while speaking at an iftar mahfil for lawyers at her official Ganabhaban residence.
Sheikh Hasina said the government wants to ensure the overall security of the people. “There will be no room for injustice and the unjust in the country.”
The prime minister also said the government has already ensured the trial of war criminals and completed that of the killers of Bangabandhu.
She said Bangabandhu had begun the trial of war criminals just after Bangladesh’s independence, but military dictator Ziaur Rahman stopped the trials after grabbing power illegally. “We’ve rid the country of a stigma by completing the trial of Bangabandhu’s killers and starting that of the war criminals.”
Sheikh Hasina added that the court verdicts against some of the war criminals have already been executed.
Briefly describing various development activities of the government, the prime minister said Bangladesh is now treated as a role model of development.
“We want to build Bangladesh as a developed, prosperous, and peaceful country in South Asia,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina further said the G-7 countries have invited her to join their upcoming meeting to be held in Canada.
“I’m going there tomorrow [today]. They want to know the condition of Bangladesh, they want to know the magic behind our economic development,” she said.
Regarding the Rohingyas taking shelter in Bangladesh, the prime minister said Bangladesh has not only given them shelter but is also providing them with food and medicine.
“The whole world and many international organisations are with Bangladesh, even if we didn’t find them all beside us during the Liberation War. Some were beside us and some were not, but this time we got all of them with us,” she said.
Congratulating pro-government lawyers for winning in different Bar elections across the country, she requested they continue their winning spree in the coming days.
“Your victory says that if we remain united we can win,” she said.
The prime minister also went round different tables set for the guests, and exchanged pleasantries with them.
Law Minister Anisul Huq, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam, former law minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed, Vice-Chairman of Bangladesh Bar Council, Abdul Baset Mazumdar, Barrister Yusuf Hossain Humayun, Awami League Presidium Member, Advocate Sahara Khatun, Law Affairs Secretary SM Rezaul Karim, former Justice Mezbahuddin, Advocate Syed Rezaur Rahman, and Barrister Fazley Noor Taposh were present at the event, among others.