Remain alert to safeguard independence, sovereignty: PM
Published: 02:40 PM, 27 December 2017 Updated: 09:37 PM, 3 January 2018
Pointing at the newly commissioned members of the Bangladesh Army, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, `Your first and foremost vow will be to protect the country’s independence and sovereignty even with the supreme sacrifice. You’ll stand beside people and serve the country selflessly.’
`Keep in mind that the independence was earned in exchange for huge bloodshed and sacrifice. So it`s a responsibility of all to make independence meaningful and reach its fruits to every house of Bangladesh,’ she said.
On Wednesday noon, the prime minister said this while addressing the President`s Parade marking the obtaining commission by the cadet officers of 75 BMA Long Course of the Bangladesh Military Academy (BMA) at the BMA Parade Ground in Bhatiari here.
Advising the newly-commissioned officers to remain beside the people and serve the country without interest. She said, `Today is the happiest and important day for the newly- commissioned officers, as a sacred responsibility for protecting the great independence and sovereignty of the motherland is being reposed on them from now on.’
Hasina also urged them to show loyalty to their senior officers and sympathy to their subordinates.
She said, the Bangladesh Army had been able to earn praises from all quarters by showing competence and professionalism while performing their duties both at home and abroad.
The Prime Minister said, her government is working to turn Bangladesh Military Academy into a modern institution ensuring international standards. The present Bangladesh army is quite different from the one decade back in terms of infrastructure, strategy and technology, she added.
Sheikh Hasina said, `The present army is much more developed, skilled and smart one due to the combination of modern trainings and equipment. We have enhanced the capacity of Bangladesh Army to a large extent alongside developing its infrastructure in the last nine years.`
Noting that the Father of Nation framed the Defence Policy in 1974 to build the Army as a strong and trained force, Hasina said, “We’ve prepared Forces Goal-2030 following the foresighted defence policy framed by the Father of Nation.
Praising the Army for showing its capacity in various sectors, she said the Army played an important role in setting up shelter camps for displaced Rohingyas, distribution of relief items in disciplined way and preparation of identity cards for them in the recent time.
The Prime Minister reviewed the smartly turned out parade and took salute of the impressive march past as the chief guest. She also distributed awards among the best cadets for their outstanding performance in the academy.
Earlier, on her arrival at the BMA Parade Ground, the prime minister was received by Chief of Army Staff General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 24 Infantry Division and Area Commander of Chittagong Area Major General Md Jahangir Kabir Talukdar and GOC of Army Training and Doctrine Command Lt Gen Abdul Aziz and and BMA Commandant Major General Saiful Alam.
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