Shahriar reiterates Bangladesh’s ‘zero tolerance’ against terrorism
04 February 2015, Nirapad News: Bangladesh state minister for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam reiterated his country’s ‘zero tolerance’ position against terrorism.
He made this reiteration in his speech at “Counter Terrorism Conference 2016”, organized by the state government of Rajasthan and India Foundation on February 3 in India’s Jaipur.
“The present government of Bangladesh, under the able leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has been following and will continue to follow a ‘zero tolerance’ policy against terrorism and violent extremism.”
India president Pranab Mukherjy inaugurated the Conference on February 2.
“Bangladesh strongly believes that terrorism and extremism remain major impediments to global peace and development. Terrorism, both in its magnitude and proliferation, is one of the gravest challenges not only to international peace and security but also to human security.”
“Regionally also, we are facing the challenges of terrorism. It is not long ago that our region had confronted terror events taking away some precious lives in Pathankot, India and also in Afghanistan.”
“While we express our deep condolences to the bereaved families, we should not limit ourselves here. The countries in the region with the help and support of the international community ought to further strengthen their efforts to make sure that no more precious lives, no more brothers and sisters of ours die of such heinous incidents.”
He further said that 30 percent of the global population lives in South Asia. People of all religion peacefully co-exist in this region. But over the past 100 years we witnessed from time to time religious intolerance, ideological intolerance and linguistic intolerance in this region.
“All countries in this region are somehow affected thereby. However, India suffered greatly due to terrorist attacks from all directions. But they have faced terrorist intolerance with great degree of patience and forbearance.”
“It is indeed most appropriate that we are holding this important conference in this beautiful city of Jaipur. We certainly hope that this meeting would show us right path to take meaningful measures against this menace.”
“In Bangladesh too, our path to attaining peace has never been smooth. At times we faced fundamentalism and anti-state/anti-democracy commotions of anti-liberation forces. We have been victims of terrorist attacks.”
“However, under the directives of our Hon’ble Prime Minister, we have resolutely confronted these challenges. As a result, we managed to unite the people of Bangladesh against these vicious incidents and quarters and overcome violence, restore law and order, and uphold democracy.”