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14 January, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 14 January, 2019 01:14:15 AM
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PM for Armed Forces’ participation in country’s development

UNB, Dhaka
PM for Armed Forces’ participation in country’s development
On the occasion of the assumption of office as premier for the fourth time Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina signs the visitors' book upon placing a wreath at Shikha Anirban at Dhaka Cantonment in the capital yesterday as a mark of profound respect to martyred members of Armed Forces during the War of Liberation. Focus Bangla Photo

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday stressed the need for the participation the Armed Forces in overall development of the country. "For the overall development of the country, we want the participation of the Armed Forces," she said while exchanging views with officials and employees of the Armed Forces Division held at Multipurpose Hall. PM's press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the programme. In the next five years, the Prime Minister mentioned, the aim of the government will be completing all the mega projects taken in the last two tenures. She mentioned that the now the poverty level in the country is 21.8 and it has to be brought down by another five percent in the coming days. "We want to put the country at a place from where there'll be no scope to step back." The defence is very much important for a country she said adding that the foreign policy of Bangladesh is 'Friendship to all and malice to none'. "We don't want war, but we have to prepare ourselves so that we could protect the country if we are attacked." Praising the role of Bangladeshi peacekeepers across the globe, she said the peacekeepers have to be provided with proper and time-befitting training before sending them abroad. The Prime Minister expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the people of the country for giving Awami League another chance to serve the country. She mentioned that the centre of development in the coming days will be the grassroots level of the country. Earlier, on her arrival, the prime minister paid rich tributes to the martyred members of Bangladesh Armed Forces on the occasion of the assumption of her office as the Prime Minister for the fourth time.

The prime minister paid the homage by placing a wreath at the Shikha Anirban (flame eternal) of Dhaka Cantonment in the morning.

After laying the wreath, she stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the martyrs, who made the supreme sacrifice during the War of Liberation.

A smartly-turned out contingent drawn from Army, Navy and Air Force presented a guard of honour at that time, while bugle played the last post. Later, Sheikh Hasina, also in-charge of the Ministry of Defence, signed the visitors' book kept on the premises of Shikha Anirban.

PM's Security Adviser Major General (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddiq, Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral M Nizamuddin Ahmad, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat and Principal Staff Officer (PSO) of the Armed Forces Division (AFD) Lt Gen Md Mahfuzur Rahman were, among others, present.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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