Dhaka, Bangladesh
Armed forces ought to assist democratic process

Armed forces ought to assist democratic process

PM says at military meet

News Desk Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Thursday the armed forces ought to assist in advancing the nation maintaining democratic and constitutional stability, as development is high on her government agenda. She said the armed forces are the symbol of independence and sovereignty and that they earned name and fame in foreign lands with their honesty and professional efficiency. "Bangladesh Armed Forces are making significant contributions to peacekeeping in various countries under the emblem of UN mission. The armed forces will also have to play an important role in the progress of the nation and in maintaining democratic and constitutional stability so that we can keep up the country's ongoing development trend," the prime minister said. She was delivering her speech at the graduation ceremony of the Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) for 2018-2019 at Sheikh Hasina Complex of Mirpur Cantonment in Dhaka. "Alongside the noble responsibility of protecting our sovereignty, the members of our patriotic armed forces are also making significant contributions to the fields of tackling any crisis and disaster, construction of infrastructures, socioeconomic development and maintaining law and order," the PM added. She told the military meet that her government wants to build Bangladesh as a developed and prosperous country and expected the forces to continue their contributions to various arenas on this development journey. Sheikh Hasina, who assumed office for a third consecutive term now, said her government had accomplished tremendous developments activities in all sectors in the last 10 years. "People are now enjoying the fruits of our development programmes. Bangladesh is now a role model of development in the world." Highly happy with the development works of her government, the people made them victorious once again in the 11thparliamentary election. "We'll fully implement all the pledges made to the country's people," she said. The premier said the government has a plan to set up a nuclear power plant in the country's southern region on completion of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant Project. Turning to the Padma Bridge project, Hasina said the World Bank had failed to prove corruption allegation brought against her government. Bangladesh started constructing the Padma Bridge with 100 percent finance from own funds. "I think that this decision has changed image of Bangladesh in the whole world. We've proved that we also can," she added. Hasina extended her sincere felicitations to all the graduates of DSCSC 2018-2019 course, and wished success in their professional, social and family life. So far, 3,902 Bangladeshi officers, five police officers and 1,111 overseas officers from 42 friendly countries have graduated from this college, reports UNB.

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