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'Government worried about militancy, terrorism'

Update : 26 Aug 2013, 07:21 PM

Law Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed said the government is worried about militants and terrorists.

He made the remark at the inaugural ceremony of a conference titled ‘‘Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing,’ held at a city hotel on Monday.

After the programme, when asked who the extremist terrorists are, the minister said some political parties are engaged in terrorist activities in the name of religion.

He, however, declined to disclose any name.

“Very recently Bangladesh faced extremist terrorist activities which affected the country’s development, growth and democratic journey,” the minister said.

The extremist terrorists’ attacks were not limited to the innocent public, but were also directed at law enforcing agencies, he said.

Barrister Shafique claimed the terrorists received training from home and abroad, and said the government passed a number of laws, taking the matter seriously.

He added: “The government cannot fight against terrorism alone and it needs support of other countries, especially neighbours.”

US Ambassador Dan Mozena, subscribing to the same view, said the countries in the region and beyond had to better cooperate with each other and share information.

“We cannot become victims of our own narrow, nationalistic thinking,” he said.

The three-day Regional Judicial Conference on “Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing” was conducted by the US Department of Justice and approximately 55 judges from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Maldives, Nepal and Bhutan attended the conference.

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