None to be allowed to use BD soil for terrorist acts: PM

None to be allowed to use BD soil for terrorist acts: PM


Reiterating her government’s ‘zero tolerance policy’ against terrorism and militancy, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said no one will be allowed to use Bangladesh’s soil for terrorist acts against any country.”We won’t tolerate any sort of terrorism and militancy and won’t allow our land to be used for carrying out terrorist acts against any country,” she told visiting Indian Defence Minister Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar who met Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban here in the afternoon.

After the meeting, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters.Sheikh Hasina recalled with gratitude the contributions of Indian armed forces to Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971.The Prime Minister said she would honour those valiant Indian armed forces personnel who embraced martyrdom in the Liberation War during her upcoming visit to India.In reply, the Indian Defence Minister said, “It was our moral responsibility to extend help to Bangladesh during the Liberation War as a friendly country and we provided that assistance.”Sheikh Hasina thanked the Indian Coast Guards for rescuing Bangladeshi fishermen and handing over them to Bangladesh authorities recently.The Indian Defence Minister offered training for Bangladesh Coast Guard personnel for increasing their capability further.Parrikar highly appreciated Bangladesh’s tremendous socioeconomic development, particularly in women empowerment, under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s able leadership.”Bangladesh has made impressive development in various sectors, especially women empowerment, which India could not do,” he noted.Parrikar later handed over a replica of a helicopter that India used during Bangladesh’s War of Liberation and photographs of paratroopers who took part in the war.PM’s International Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi, Principal Staff Officer of the Armed Forces Division Lt Gen Mahfuzur Rahman, PM’s Military Secretary Major General Mia Mohammad Joynul Abedin, PMO Secretary Surayia Begum and Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsha Vardhan Shringla were, among others, present at the meeting.


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