She asked imams to speak up against militancy and terrorism in the next Jummah Khutba
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said attempts are being made to carry out terror attacks in Bangladesh, but the intelligence and law enforcement agencies are on alert.
“Many efforts are being made to conduct attacks also in Bangladesh, but our intelligence and law enforcement agencies are taking adequate pre-cautionary measures,” she said on Thursday.
The prime minister made the statement while addressing the inaugural function of a non-stop intercity train service, the Bonolota Express, on Dhaka-Rajshahi route through video conferencing from her official residence, Ganabhaban, in Dhaka, reports UNB.
Talking about Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim’s grandson Zayan Chowdhury, who died in a terror attack in Sri Lanka, she asked everyone to stay alert alongside law enforcement agencies.
The prime minister said: “Not only the intelligence agencies, but also people will have to remain alert and immediately inform the law enforcement agencies about any sign of militant activities.
“We want peace in the country.”
She also urged imams of mosques across Bangladesh to deliver sermons against terrorism and militancy, before Jummah prayers on Friday.
“I want all imams to speak up against militancy and terrorism, and highlight Islam as a religion of peace in the next Jummah Khutba in every mosque throughout the country,” she added.
Sheikh Hasina also called upon the people of Bangladesh- guardians, teachers, public representatives, and clerics of different religions - to stand collectively against any suspicious militant activity in their respective localities.
Noting that Islam is a religion of humanity and peace, she said: “Those who conduct militant and terror acts in the name of Islam, are defaming the holy religion across the world.
“Those involved, should restrain from such activities.”