Internal Security

Replying to a question, the premier sought cooperation from the countrymen irrespective of parties and opinions to continue the pace of the development so nothing like militancy could hamper it.

“In this context, I would say, the people are the main power of our country as they are very much conscious and we want to face any kind of threat involving the people,” she also said.

Threats are being issued using the social media, she said adding that appropriate action would be taken on the basis of investigation being carried out by the intelligence agencies.

Referring to deaths of several Japanese nationals, who came to Dhaka for working in the metro rail project, in the Holey Artisan attack, Sheikh Hasina said, “It is a matter of regret”.

Since then, she said, the law enforcement agencies, particularly the intelligence agencies, have taken effective measures to stamp out militancy. She urged the journalists to convey any militancy-related information to the government.

The premier thanked the law enforcement agencies for ensuring peaceful holding of Eid jamaats this year despite the experience of facing a militant attack in Sholakia Maidan few years back.

The premier called upon the OIC member countries to work together to effectively fight any form of terrorism and militancy forgetting differences among them for the welfare of the mankind.

Biman issue

Answering a question, the prime minister said she had asked for prompt action against the concerned authorities who allowed a Biman pilot to go to Qatar’s Doha International Airport without passport to bring her back.

She regretted that “a news item is made whenever I board a Biman aircraft. I don’t know what the reason is. The news is being made at a time when we have taken the Biman to a good position.”

The prime minister said she was once requested not to travel by Bangladesh Biman aircraft, but she expressed her firm determination to travel by the national flag carrier even if she faces death. She asked the authorities concerned to take tight security measures so none (VIP or VVIP) can pass the immigration without any check, saying, “From now on none would be spared.”

Replying to another question, Sheikh Hasina said all outstanding issues between Bangladesh and India would be resolved.