Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday condemned the bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, urging all to be vocal against terrorism.
‘The terrorists have no race, religion and countries…they’re terrorists and they destroy the life of the people. So, I call upon all to be vocal against them,’ she said while addressing a mass reception accorded to her by Bangladesh community living in Brunei Darussalam at the Indera Samudera Ballroom of the Empire Hotel and County Club.
Hasina said that many people were killed and injured as bomb attacks were orchestrated at eight places in Sri Lanka. ‘We strongly condemn the barbaric incident,’ she said.
In this connection, she said that another regretful incident was that Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim’s daughter’s family became victims of the bomb blasts in Sri Lanka.
‘Selim’s son-in-law and a grandson were taking food at a restaurant, where a bomb blast took place,’ she said, adding that the son-in-law was injured in the blast, while the grandson remained missing.
Sheikh Hasina said that such terrorist acts happened in New Zealand few weeks ago.
The prime minister said that her government had not only declared zero tolerance against extremism, it also kept intelligence agencies alert.
‘We’re taking prompt actions against the terrorists when they’re identified,’ she said.
Sheikh Hasina reiterated that there would be no room for extremists, corrupts and drug addicts on the soil of Bangladesh. ‘We’re taking measures so that the living standard of the people can be developed,’ she added.
State minister for expatriates welfare and overseas employment Imran Ahmed and Brunei University professor AKM Ahsan Ullah spoke at the function, presided over by Bangladesh high commissioner to Brunei retired Air Vice-Marshal Mahmud Hussain.
Agriculture minister Abdur Razzaque, foreign minister AK Abdul Momen, prime minister’s private industry and investment adviser Salman F Rahman, state minister for fisheries and livestock Ali Ashraf Khan Khashru, state minister for cultural affairs KM Khalid and state minister for youth and sports Zahid Ahsan Russell were present on the dais.
Earlier, the leaders of Bangladesh community greeted the prime minister by presenting bouquets.
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