'We believe the people will never accept fundamentalism, regardless of their religious beliefs'
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia has stressed the need for political and social commitment to combat violent extremism.
“Militancy is worrying for the country, as well as for future generations. It is a global problem. Political and social commitment is needed to prevent militancy,” he said.
The DMP commissioner made the statement at the opening of the quarter final round of a debate competition on violent extremism, held at the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation in Dhaka on Saturday.
Debate for Democracy Chairman Hasan Ahmed Chowdhury Kiran presided over the debate competition, and the Sampreeti project of Manusher Jonno Foundation contributed to the program.
“Due to political commitment, we were able to prevent the spread of militants. We believe the people will never accept fundamentalism, regardless of their religious beliefs,” the DMP commissioner added.
He further said it is possible to completely uproot extremism in the country through unified commitment. “Many developed countries have not been able to match the speed of our success in combating militancy, despite their access to advanced technology.”
Referring to the attacks by notorious Bangladeshi terrorist Bangla Bhai, who was executed in 2007, the DMP commissioner said: “When the Bangla Bhai incidents occurred, it was not possible to eradicate the threat of militancy due to the lack of political commitment. After political pledges were finally made, it was possible to suppress Bangla Bhai.”
Furthermore, he said tragic Holey Artisan Bakery attack helped unite the people of the country against militancy, and raised political and social awareness about the menace.
Debate for Democracy Chairman Hasan Ahmed Chowdhury Kiran said: “It is not possible to resist extremism through arrests, killings, and punishment only. We need investigate why a section of our youth are engaging in militant activities.”
In the opening quarter final of the debate competition, Jamiya Kasemiya Kamil Madrasa of Narsingdi emerged victorious over Lalmatia Mohila College.