Armed forces shall fulfil people's hopes, aspirations: PM

Armed forces shall fulfil people’s hopes, aspirations: PM


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said her government has been working to establish a professional and well-trained armed forces and expressed the optimism that the Armed Forces will keep intact its role in future for fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the people.
“Our armed forces were established in the battlefield of liberation war. Our patriotic armed forces from its beginning were always with the people to meet their hopes and aspirations. I hope, this role of the Armed Forces will remain intact in future,” she said.
“I’m confident that the Armed Forces will continue to maintain its high standards in its efforts, efficiency and professionalism,” the Prime Minister said while addressing the Graduation Ceremony of National Defense Course (NDC) and Armed Forces War (AFW) Course-2014 at Mirpur Cantonment.Mentioning that the nation feels proud of its Armed Forces, Hasina said: “We’ve been working to establish a professional and well-trained armed forces. We’ve allocated increased money for the armed forces in the national budgets.”
“The members of the Armed Forces have always worked with integrity, commitment and diligence to help the people in times of natural and other calamities and disasters. They’ve implemented strategic infrastructure projects and worked generally with very high standard at both home and abroad.”
“They’ve earned very good reputation at home and abroad. I hope this partnership between the people and the Armed Forces will gather more strength with the passage of time,” the Prime Minister said.
“It is hoped that with their knowledge, will and commitment, they will usher in a new horizon of stability, development and empowerment of the people.”
“We’ve not only ensured legitimate safeguards in light of national security concerns, but also successfully encouraged effective use of technology,” she added.
Hasina said the main objectives of the country’s liberation war were to establish democracy, and an exploitation-free, secular and just society. “Braving various odds, we’ve been striving hard to ensure these principles in our politics, economy and governing systems.”
She said that before 1996, there was no institution for the higher training of senior and junior officers of armed forces in the country. “We established the National Defence College during our 1996-2001 tenure. This institution has turned into an internationally reputed training institution. It is indeed a matter of pride for us.”
She said the strategic geographic location of the country made it an important actor in the global politics as Bangladesh is playing a major role in promoting regional integration.
The Prime Minister said: “The main theme of our foreign policy is: Friendship to all, malice to none. We’re developing inter-state relations based on our foreign policy.”
Citing that Bangladesh resolved many security problems that were hindering bilateral relations, the Prime Minister said the vision was to develop an integrated regional economy.
“I’m happy to say that we see the beginning of the implementation of that vision. In last five years and eleven months, the South Asian region has seen substantial progress on security issues, bilateral relations and multi-lateral cooperation.”
A total of 77 persons including 48 from Bangladesh and 29 overseas course members took part in this year’s National Defense Course-2014 Course.
Twenty-eight overseas course members from 11 friendly countries also participated in the National Defense Course 2014. – UNB


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