Jamaat is root of all homegrown terrorist groups: PM

Jamaat is root of all homegrown terrorist groups: PM

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Dhaka-Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today categorically said that the anti-liberation force Jamaat-e-Islami, Bangladesh, a major ally of BNP, is behind all terrorist activities in Bangladesh, where 16 such cliques in different guises have long been carrying out subversive acts across the country.“All terrorist and militant groups in Bangladesh have a common root into the Jamaat-infested politics,” she told the outgoing Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Greg Wilcock when he made a farewell cal on her at her Sangsad Bhaban office.
Talking to reporters, Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said Sheikh Hasina referred to the dastardly incidents of vandalism and arson unleashed by the BNP-Jamaat nexus during the time of 2014 general elections and in the first quarter of 2015.
“In the name of a movement to oust a democratic government, they have burnt innocent people alive and indiscriminately destroyed public property without caring about what awaits for the victims”, the Prime Minister said.
She mentioned the recent killing incidents and said the terrorists have now chosen soft targets like Imam of the mosque, priests of churches and pagodas and also innocent people.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister highlighted her government’s economic policy to the Australian envoy saying her party adopted the policy through a wide range of discussions and seminars over the years to ensure country’s development fulfilling the party’s election pledges.
The Australian High Commissioner appreciated the Prime Minister for the successes of Bangladesh in various sectors under her dynamic and visionary leadership saying changes and progress of Bangladesh is very much visible.
He also praised the trend of boosting trade and commerce between Bangladesh and Australia and said the trade figure between the two countries now stands at US$ 1.7 billion against US$ 800 million five years ago.
Greg Wilvock called for boosting cooperation between the two countries on sports and said Australian Cricket Board wants to assist the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Pratistan (BKSP) for its further development.
In this connection, the outgoing High Commissioner said, Australian Cricket Board is working with Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for a tour of Australian National Team to Bangladesh.
During that time the Prime Minister recalled her visit to the Australian Cricket Academy.
Talking about cooperation in the energy sector, the envoy said, Australian Company SANTOS wants to work with the BAPEX in this sector.
On security issues, the envoy highly appreciated the steps taken by the government to ensure security of the diplomatic zones while the Prime Minister called for exchanging information in this regard.
Referring to the visit of Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque to Australia two months ago, Greg Wilcock said, foreign office level consultations were held during the time to further enhance cooperation between the two countries.
The Australian outgoing High Commissioner expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister for extending cooperation in discharging his duties in Bangladesh.
Principal Secretary Md Abul Kalam Azad was present during the call on.

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