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Armed Forces must protect constitution, contribute to development: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the Armed Forces to play their due role in advancing the nation as well as protecting the constitutional values of the country.

“Bangladesh Armed Forces are making significant contributions to global peacekeeping under UN missions. The Armed Forces will also have to play an important role in the progress of the nation and in maintaining democratic and constitutional stability so the trend of development can continue,” the premier said on Thursday while delivering her speech at the graduation ceremony of Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) 2018-2019 at Sheikh Hasina Complex of Mirpur Cantonment in Dhaka.

The PM said the Armed Forces have earned their reputation in foreign lands with their   honesty and professional efficiency.

She said the Armed Forces are the symbol of the country’s independence and sovereignty.

“Alongside the noble responsibility of protecting our sovereignty, the members of our patriotic Armed Forces are also making significant contributions to the fields of tackling any crisis and disasters, construction of infrastructures,   socio-economic development and maintaining law and order,” the PM added.

The premier extended her sincere commendations to all the graduates of DSCSC 2018-2019 course, and wished success in their professional, social and family life.

“This course will make you more confident in discharging assigned duties and in facing any challenge more   efficiently.  You   all   be   prepared to undertake a higher leadership role. You all will perform your duties with integrity,” she told the graduates.

Noting that a total of 11 female officers are graduated this year, the Prime Minister said it is encouraging to see the remarkable number of female officers   graduating   every   year.

Commandant of the College Major General Md Enayet Ullah delivered the welcome speech.

A total of 215 officers, including 118 officers from Army, 29 from Navy and 23 from Air Force, and 45 overseas officers from 19 countries of the world graduated from this college this year. The 19 countries include the USA, China, India, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The Prime Minister distributed the certificates among the graduating officers.

On her arrival, the Prime Minister was received by the Commandant of the college.

The college was set up aiming to prepare selected mid-level officers of the three Services for the assumption of increasing responsibilities both in command and staff appointments.

So far, 3,902 Bangladeshi officers, five police officers and 1,111 overseas officers from 42 friendly countries have graduated from this college.