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‘Zero tolerance to terrorism’


Live Correspondent: Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Wednesday reiterated the government’s stance of zero-tolerance regarding terrorism.

He said at the concluding day of the third Counter-Terrorism Conference in New Delhi that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina “has declared stance of Bangladesh against any sort of terrorism and extremism.”

Indian Vice-President Hamid Ansari opened the three-day conference organised by India Foundation at a local hotel, according to a press release of Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi.

Referring to some terror related incidents in Bangladesh, the home minister said the situation was brought under control thanks to relentless efforts by the law enforcing agencies and active cooperation from the country people.

He said Bangladesh will never allow its soil to be used as the launching ground for any kind of terrorism.

The home minister, however, regretted that despite stringent measures, some home-grown groups have become radicalised in the country.

“In some cases, in connivance with a few radical political affiliations, they are trying to destabilise the country and thus hindering the current rapid socio-economic development by acts of terror.”

Asaduzzaman Khan said Bangladesh has a comprehensive plan for countering terrorism.

“Bangladesh follows a counter-terrorism strategy based on four pillars: prevention, disruption, capacity building and upholding respect to human rights,” he said.

The conference had representatives from Singapore, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia and Afghanistan.

Dhaka, 15 March, ( //AM


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