Central leaders of the ruling Awami League-led 14-party alliance yesterday took a renewed vow to build a militancy and terrorism-free country.
They said anti-militancy committee would be constituted in every ward, union and locality across the country to free the country from militancy and terrorism.
Teachers, doctors, Imams of mosques, purohits (priests) of temples and elite of the society will be inducted as members of the committees which will assist the law enforcement agencies to build a country free from militancy and terrorism, they added.BSS
The central leaders of the 14-party alliance said this while speaking at a largely attended public rally at the Central Shaheed Minar in the city. The rally was organised protesting the recent militant attacks at a restaurant at Gulshan in the capital and Sholakia in Kishoreganj district and secret killings across the country.
Spokesman of the 14-party, Awami League (AL) presidium member and Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim, presided over the rally.
It was addressed, among others, by AL presidium members Begum Matia Chowdhury and Advocate Sahara Khatun, Workers Party president Rashed Khan Menon, JSD president and Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, AL joint general secretaries Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif and Advocate Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Relief and Disaster Management Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya (Bir Bikram),
Liberation War affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, Food Minister Advocate Quamrul Islam, BNA alliance convener Barrister Nazmul Huda, Samybadi Dal general secretary Dilip Barua, Communist Kendro convener Dr Wazedul Islam Khan, Jatiya Party general secretary Sheikh Shahidul Islam, National Press Club president Md Shafiqur Rahman,
Tariqat Federation chairman Nazibul Bashar Maizbhandari, Sammilito Samajik Andolon president Noor Md Talukdar, NAP (Muzaffar) general secretary Advocate Inamul Haque, Ganotantri Party leader Barrister Aras Ali, freedom fighters and leaders of professional bodies.
Mohammad Nasim said that the anti-militancy committees should be constituted in every ward, union and localities across the country between July 12 and July 21. He said that the former activists of Shibir have now joined IS and BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia after failing in the so-called fire-terrorism movement has now started using militants to get success.
“Khaleda Zia is behind the local and foreign conspiracies that have now been experienced by the people. She wants to fish in the troubled waters. We under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will resist together all the conspiracies of Khaleda Zia,” the senior AL leader added.
Begum Matia Chowdhury said, “Khaleda Zia has termed the Gulshan carnage as ‘bloody upsurge’. Earlier, she tried to create a mass upsurge by bringing Hefazat to the capital. She has now been dreaming of another upsurge. We have defeated the fire-terrorists under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina. Now we have to forge a broad-based unity under her leadership to defeat the anti-liberation forces once and for all.”
Rashed Khan Menon said, “Islam preaches the messages of fraternity, peace and friendship and there is no room for extremism and militancy in Islam. Those who have been unleashing terrorism to create panic and anarchy in the public mind in the name of religion should be resisted socially. For this purpose, religious and human values should be raised among people”.
Hasanul Haq Inu said, “People of Bangladesh didn’t compromise with those who disgraced our mothers and sisters in 1971 and this time there won’t be any compromise with the militants. Those who unleashed fire-terrorism have now been indulging in militant attacks. We won’t back out from the war against the militant-terrorists.”
Pointing at 14-party leaders, Barrister Nazmul Huda said, “Why you give so importance to Khaleda Zia in the anti-militancy movement? She could do nothing in the past and she won’t this time too. Solid rock unity of the forces loyal to independence should be created to get rid of the prevailing situation.”