Reiterating Bangladesh’s firm stance against all sorts of terrorism, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the country’s armed forces must move forward imbued with the same ideal, reports BSS.
“We are committed to international peace and security. Our standpoint against all kinds of terrorism is very clear. Our armed forces must move forward imbued with the same ideal,” she said.
The prime minister said this while addressing the graduation ceremony of the “DSCSC 2014-2015 Course” of the Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) at the DSCSC Mirpur Hall of the Mirpur Cantonment in the capital.
DSCSC Commandant Major General Sajjadul Haque delivered the welcome address.
Ministers, parliament members, advisers to the prime minister, Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, chiefs of three services, diplomats and high civil and military officials were present on the occasion.
Terming again the armed forces as the symbol of the country’s independence and sovereignty, the prime minister said the government will do whatever necessary for the development and welfare of the armed forces.
“During our immediate past tenure, we implemented various development programmes under the Forces Goal 2030. We continued the development process and we are committed to doing whatever necessary for the development and welfare of the armed forces,” she said.
During her first tenure in office, the premier said she took initiatives to expand the armed forces and established a number of units following the Defence Policy 1974 framed by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Hasina said Bangladesh’s resources are limited, but its intention is to build up a strong, efficient and modern armed force within the available resources. “We need to put emphasis on advanced training and exercise to attain our aim,” she said.
The prime minister expressed her hope that the every institution of the country would be developed and modernized and will keep pace with the world. “We are hopeful that we would be able to achieve the goal,” she said.
The prime minister said the main objective of her government is to boost up the living standard of the common people through establishing good governance at every sphere of the national life.
Hasina said Bangladesh believes in the peaceful resolution of all bilateral, regional and international disputes in all corners of the globe. “The basic principle of our foreign policy is: ‘Friendship with all and malice towards none on the basis of equality,” she policy is: ‘Friendship with all and malice towards none on the basis of equality,” she said. The prime minister said alongside discharging the noble responsibility of protecting our freedom, the members of patriotic armed forces are also making significant contributions to the fields of tackling natural disasters, construction of infrastructures, socioeconomic development and other nation-building activities.
“Not only inside the country, members of our armed forces have also earned name and fame in foreign lands by their honesty, dedication and professional efficiency,” she said.
Hasina said the members of Bangladesh Armed Forces are contributing significantly to restore democracy side by side with social development, health and education in various countries under the emblem of UN mission. “Their success has brightened the image of Bangladesh,” she noted.
The prime minister said in the backdrop of the changed security scenario in the present day world, role of the armed forces has become multi-dimensional.
“This should be reflected realistically in the education and training programmes of the armed forces. I believe, the Defence Services Command and Staff College has attached due importance to this issue in their training curricula,” she said.
Hasina said after the independence through the War of Liberation, the Father of the Nation gave special emphasis to build up a disciplined and professional Armed Forces for Bangladesh.
“During our previous tenure in 1996-2001, we established a number of institutions, including National Defence College, MIST and Armed Forces Medical College,” she said.
With the passage of time, she said, DSCSC has been acclaimed in the international arena as a unique military educational institution.