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Inu: Patrons of militants won't be spared

Update : 04 Mar 2018, 03:05 PM
Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu has said the government will not spare the patrons of militants. He said:“I think the militants backtracked a bit due to recent drives but have not given in yet. They are still hatching plots." "No political exemption will be given to those who patronize the militants,” the minister said at the Combined Military Hospital after visiting wounded Professor Zafar Iqbal on Sunday. The minister also spoke to doctors and Prof Zafar Iqbal's wife and inquired about his health. Talking about the prime minister's zero tolerance policy, Inu said the government was successful in bringing terrorism under control. Replying to a query, he said: “Our intelligence officials have the qualification to monitor online and telephone activities.
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"But it is difficult to find the source on social media as these are owned by foreigners. The government has signed agreements with Facebook, Twitter and Youtube authorities to help ease the work and find out the perpetrators.” Inu hoped those who spread hate speech or death threat via online would be brought to justice soon. Zafar Iqbal was speaking at a two-day long fair organized by the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering when he was stabbed in the back of his head by an assailant armed with a knife on Saturday.
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The attack occurred around 5:40pm. The attacker, a youth identified as Foizur, was immediately taken down and detained by authorities after a severe thrashing. Zafar was taken to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College after the attack afternoon. From there he was taken by an air force ambulance to the air force’s Tejgaon air field in Dhaka, and then taken to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH).
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