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Get united against BNP-Jamaat barbarism, says PM

Get united against BNP-Jamaat barbarism, says PMThe prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Sunday called upon the country’s all patriotic citizens to get united against the barbarism and cruelties being unleashed by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-Jamaat-e-Islami clique in a bid to push the country backward.
‘It is our goal and also the dream of the country’s people that Bangladesh will continue to move forward and become a developed and prosperous one. But, when the government is working tirelessly to materialise this desired dream, then the BNP-Jamaat alliance is hatching conspiracies to push the country backward,’ she said.
The prime minister was addressing the 20th founding anniversary of Bangladesh Coast Guard and conferring National Standard upon the Force held at its headquarters in the city’s Agargaon.
Hasina further said, ‘They (BNP-Jamaat) are burning innocent people, including children, to death brutally and causing huge damage to public property.’
The prime minister handed over the National Standard to Coast Guard in recognition of its long experience, professional skills and notable successes in various operational activities.
State minister for home affairs Asaduzzaman Khan and Coast Guard director general Rear Admiral M Makbul Hossain were present.
Hasina hoped that such recognition would further motivate the Coast Guard members as well as make more dynamic the operational and welfare activities of this force.
Mentioning the motto of the Coast Guard as ‘Guardian at Sea’, the prime minister said it was her firm belief that the Coast Guard members would discharge their duties bestowed upon them bearing this motto and with deep affection for the country.
‘It is my firm belief that you’re ready to make any kind of sacrifice for ensuring the highest security of the country’s sea and coastal areas as the country’s soil was stained with the blood of millions of martyrs,’ she added.
Mentioning that her government has undertake all the necessary steps to turn Bangladesh Coast Guard into a modern, skilled and promising force, the prime minister said that the Coast Guard Development Vision-2030 has already got administrative approval and her government is pledge-bound to implement it.
In line with this, Hasina said that high speed boats have already been procured for this force alongside setting up newer stations, increasing the number of outposts and enhancing manpower.
She said the process for procuring more marine vessels and building infrastructures was going on while four offshore patrol vessels and four onshore patrol vessels would be commissioned soon to the Coast Guard fleet. ‘All the necessary activities about it are nearing completion.’