Strongly criticising BNP for siding with militants, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said those who are pampering militants will face action.”The government will take action against those who’ll pamper terrorism, we’ll surely take action against them,” she said in her introductory speech at a meeting of Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) at her official residence Ganobhaban.
The Prime Minister, also the president of the ruling Awami League, said her government’s stance is pretty much clear, which is zero tolerance to terrorism and militancy. “We won’t allow militancy and terrorism at all.”Talking about BNP’s tendency, its chief Khaleda Zia and other leaders, the Prime Minister said whenever law enforcement agencies take stern actions against militants BNP start raise a hue and cry. “The BNP chief and other leaders raise a hue and cry for militants, I can’t understand why they do this,” she said.Hasina said the law enforcement agencies of Bangladesh take actions as taken by various countries across the globe.She also questioned whether there is any problem if law enforcement agency members kill some terrorists to save many lives. “We don’t care who says what, as we’ve the responsibility to provide security to the people of the country and maintain peace and discipline… we’ll maintain that at any cost.”The Prime Minister also warned that those who provided the national flag to the war criminals’ cars making them ministers will also face the music.”Inshallah, the trial of those will be held on the soil of Bangladesh, their trial will surely be held …it’s also a sin to pamper criminals,” she said.After the independence, Hasina said, Bangabandhu had started the trial of the war criminals, but after the illegal power grabbing by Ziaur Rahman all of them were released and rehabilitated in politics.She said Ziaur Rahman’s wife Khaleda Zia did the same thing after coming to power and made war criminals ministers. “That’s why the BNP always protests against the trial of war criminals.”She also said there is a tendency in BNP and among its leaders to patronise militants, and recalled the motorcycle procession of Bangla Bhai under police protection when BNP was in power after 2001.