Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with the newly commissioned cadets of the 67th Long Course and 38th Special Course of Bangladesh Military Academy in Bhatiary of Chittagong yesterday. Photo: PID
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged all, including members of the armed forces, to remain alert against the misdeeds of the anti-liberation force.
"It's your sacred duty to protect the country's independence. So you have to live up to the spirit of the Liberation War, and remain alert against the misdeeds of the anti-liberation force," she said.
Hasina made the remarks while addressing the President's Parade of the 67th BMA Long Course and 38th BMA Special Course at the Bangladesh Military Academy in Chittagong.
Mentioning her government's commitment to build a smart, competent and modern armed forces, the premier said "You have joined the Bangladesh Army with a commitment to serve the nation.
"During the service term, you have to keep in mind that you are indivisible part of common masses. I hope you will become partner in their happiness and woes."
She called upon the newly commissioned officers to perform their duties selflessly and devote themselves to the causes of the country.
The premier said the anti-liberation forces were out to thwart the hard-earned independence. "So I call upon all to remain vigilant against any plot of anti-liberation forces to thwart our victory."
Bangladesh is a progressive, secular, developing and peace-loving nation, and the country has "proved it at the national and international levels," she told her audience.
Hasina said Bangladesh was playing an important role in keeping the world peace in right order by deploying the highest number of peacekeepers to the UN Peacekeeping Missions.
In this regard, she pointed out the adoption of Bangladesh's Peace Model by 193 nations in the 67th UN General Assembly.
She listed the army's success in constructing roads and infrastructures particularly in the remote hill areas, eliminating water logging and easing traffic congestion in the capital.
Ministers, senior military and civil officials, chiefs of three services, diplomats and guardians of the newly commissioned cadets were present at the function.
Earlier, on her arrival at the BMA parade ground, the premier was received by Army Chief General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan, GOC of Army Training and Doctrine Maj Gen AKM Muzahid Uddin, Chittagong Area Commander and GOC of 24 Infantry Division Maj Gen Sabbir Ahmed, and BMA Commandant Brig Gen Md Samsuzaman.