Ashraf for coordinated efforts to fight terrorism
19 March 2016, Nirapad News: Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam urged all non-communal forces to unite in the fight against terrorism.
“There can be differences of opinion in some cases. We have to be united against terrorism and militancy. Efforts to undermine anyone or to defeat them out of political expediency will in fact stand in our way in fighting terrorism,” said Syed Ashraf.
He said this while addressing a seminar at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city on Saturday.
The ruling party’s sub-committee on Publicity arranged the seminar titled “Bangladesh Awami League to Face Communalism, Terrorism-Militancy under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina”.
Ashraf, also public administration minister, outlined steps taken by the prime minister to tackle the terror threat. He said as part of the government’s much-touted policy of ‘zero tolerance’ towards terrorists, we continuously hear about law enforcement agencies carrying out raids against terrorism.
“Sheikh Hasina already has taken steps which were necessary to face terrorism. And she would take more steps in the future as needed. We want all non-communal forces to be united…strengthen the hands of Sheikh Hasina. Insh’Allah (God willing) we will win against terrorism.”
Ashraf observed that communal forces are patronising elements not just in the Middle-East, but also in Bangladesh. “They want a division between Shia and Sunni or Muslim and Hindu. The present government can under no circumstances allow this. Sheikh Hasina is pledge-bound in this regard,” he reiterated.