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Militancy cannot win

  • Published at 12:00 am January 21st, 2019
Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

There can be no room for ideologies which spread hatred and violence

Even though the Holey Artisan attack took place almost three years ago, it is not a tragedy we can afford to forget. 

The incident revealed the extent to which militant ideologies had infiltrated our society and serves to remind us of the innocent lives which may be lost if we cease to be careful. 

Indeed, when it comes to the corrupting forces of extremism, we as a nation must always remain vigilant. 

The fact that, last Thursday, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police Counter-terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit seized an alarming cache of firearms, ammunition, and explosives from a residence in Baridhara DOHS further illustrates the need for law enforcement to continue to prioritize the fight against militancy and extremism. 

In a country that was founded on the values of secularism and tolerance, there can be no room for ideologies which spread hatred and violence. 

At the same time, we must remember that it is not enough to merely capture the militants which exist, but ensure that individuals are not radicalized in the future.

In this regard, the CTTC’s capacity building program -- which focuses on building awareness, de-radicalization, counter-radicalization, and rehabilitation -- is a praiseworthy step which focuses on the long-term efforts required to ensure that militancy ceases to be a threat in the future. 

The government’s efforts to root out militancy so far have been commendable, and it is heartening to see the PM’s assurance that countering such violent extremism will remain a priority for the adminstration moving forward.