Bangladesh wants peace and friendship, not enmity and war, says the prime minister
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the army to gain greater strength to defend Bangladesh in case of any internal or external attack on the country, even though the nation does not want to go to war with any country.
“We have to achieve more strength so we can remain prepared to face any attack on the country,” she said while virtually raising flags of the eight units and organizations of the Bangladesh Army from her official residence, Ganabhaban, in Dhaka on Wednesday.
The premier said that they want peace and friendship, not enmity and war, referring to the foreign policy adopted by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman -- “Friendship to all, malice to none” -- in this regard.
“We want to move forward towards prosperity following the path of peace. We want to make Bangladesh a developed country both in economically and socially maintaining friendship to all,” she continued.
The prime minister directed members of Bangladesh Army to keep a constant vigil to face any “internal and external threats” for safeguarding the country’s constitution and sovereignty.
Calling Bangladesh Army an “asset” of the country and a “symbol” of the confidence and the trust of the people, the premier also asked its members to be more “professionally-efficient” and “welfare-minded” with social and religious values.
“Bangladesh Army is our asset and a symbol of confidence and trust of the people…so, you will have to be more competent, efficient, honest, and welfare-minded being imbued with social and religious values to achieve the desired standard of professionalism,” she said.
A smartly turned out contingent of Bangladesh Army gave a salute to the prime minister through a spectacular parade.
Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed spoke at the function from the Sheikh Hasina Cantonment, Lebukhali, Patuakhali.