BD cricket team not to be sent abroad without reviewing security: PM

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Published: 00:00, Mar 17,2019 | Updated: 23:40, Mar 16,2019


Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said that Bangladesh would send its cricket team to any touring country in the future after examining and reviewing security measures there.
‘We’ll send our cricket team to any country in future after examining and reviewing the security measures there,’ she said.
The prime minister said this while inaugurating the four-lane second Kanchpur Bridge on the River Shitalakkhya, four-lane flyover at Bhulta and a railway overpass at Latifpur on the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway through videoconferencing from her official residence Ganobhaban in Dhaka.
Hasina also said that Bangladesh always ensured high security whenever any team from any cricketplaying nation came here.
‘We ensure their appropriate security and we’ll always do that,’ she added.
The prime minister came up with the view as some of the Bangladesh national cricket team players narrowly escaped terror attacks on mosques at Christchurch in New Zealand that left 49 Muslims dead.
‘Our cricketers were supposed to go to that mosque but on their way to it, a wounded woman alerted them to not enter it and they escaped,’ she said.
Condemning the hated, terrorist and extremist attacks in New Zealand, Hasina said that there was nothing more heinous than killing people while they were saying their prayers.
‘I hope the world community will not only condemn this incident, but also take steps to eliminate terrorism forever,’ she added. The prime minister said that she always believed that terrorists had no religion, country or nation.
‘They’re just terrorists, and actions have to be taken against them considering them as terrorists,’ she said.
Hasina mentioned that Bangladesh, with its hectic efforts, had managed to protect the country from terrorism.
‘Terrorism can never bring any good to anyone, except bad things,’ she said.
Talking about religious liberty in Bangladesh, the prime minister said that this was the right of all people as the country had properly established this religious right.
‘People of all religions can practise their respective rituals here freely,’ she added.
Describing New Zealand as a peaceful country, she condemned the mosque attacks there and said that these were dreadful incidents.

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