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To peace and beyond

  • Published at 12:01 am September 29th, 2019
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A future that is still ruled under the threat of nuclear warfare is no future at all

As the people of a country that earned its sovereignty through a bloody war, Bangladeshis know the value of peace.

This is not limited to the context of our own nation -- it is something that extends to our neighbours as well as the rest of the world.

The world is now at a critical juncture in its efforts to pave the way for a future without nuclear weapons, and it is quite heartening to know that our country now stands firmly behind the vision of that future.

Bangladesh has officially joined the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and is the 32nd nation to do so -- given the state of geo-politics, in which threats of nuclear deterrence are becoming more and more common, each and every country needs to come to terms with the understanding that even the most powerful, most stable nations are incapable of establishing a viable security policy focused only on their national interests.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is the first legally-binding international agreement to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons -- the end goal being their total elimination.

It only makes sense for a relatively young country such as ours -- a nation that is looking forward to a bright and prosperous future of its own -- to stand by total nuclear disarmament.

A future that is still ruled under the threat of nuclear warfare is no future at all -- and the world needs to realize that sooner rather than later.