‘The army will have to keep up the trend of democracy and constitution and make more important contributions to establishing a modern, developed and prosperous Bangladesh’
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Thursday directed members of Bangladesh Army to uphold democracy and constitution and contribute more to building a prosperous Bangladesh.
“The army will have to keep up the trend of democracy and constitution and make more important contributions to establishing a modern, developed and prosperous Bangladesh,” she told the 6th Reunion of the Bangladesh Army Engineer Corps at the Engineer Centre and School of Military Engineering (ECSME) at Qadirabad Cantonment in Natore.
Sheikh Hasina also asked the members of Bangladesh Army to keep a “constant vigil” to face any internal and external threats for safeguarding the country’s constitution and sovereignty.
“You will have to also remain alert so that the country’s law and order is maintained… we want to ensure peace and security of the people and terrorism, militancy and drug don’t destroy the society, she said.”
The prime minister inspected a spectacular parade of a smartly turned out contingent of the Army Engineering Corps and took salute. Lt Col Fariduddin was the parade commander.
Ministers, the premier’s advisers, parliament members, the chiefs of three services and high civil and military officials were present on the occasion.
Earlier on her arrival at the ECSME Parade Ground, the prime minister was received by Chief of Army Staff General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq and the colonel commandant and the commandant of the ECSME.
The prime minister said her government took various measures for turning the professional armed forces into world-standard modern forces which are inspired with the spirit of the Great War of Liberation.
“We’ve kept the continuity of the development and expansion of Bangladesh Army by enacting the Armed Forces Goal 2030 in the light of the Defence Policy framed by the Father of the Nation,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the army was equipped with sophisticated arms and equipment alongside establishing new infantry divisions and brigades.
“We’ve set up armoured, composite and para commando brigades as well as Bangladesh Infantry Regiment,” she said. To modernize and make the force time-befitting, she said, modern vehicles, helicopters and arms and ammunitions have been inducted into it.
The premier said the armed forces have set up a unique example in assisting the forcibly evicted Myanmar citizens who took shelter in Bangladesh. “It’s further brightening Bangladesh’s image in the world,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the Engineer Construction Brigade and the Div Engineer Battalion have already been formed, while a process for formation of the RE Battalion and the Div Engineer Battalion is underway.
Later, the prime attended the annual commanders’ conference of the Army Engineer Corps.