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12:00 AM, February 18, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 18, 2009

Work unitedly on poverty, terrorism

PM urges S Asian nations

Zia Ispahani, special envoy to the president of Pakistan, calls on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office in the city yesterday. Photo: PID

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged all South Asian countries to work unitedly to eliminate poverty and terrorism that batter the region.
She made the call when Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's special envoy Zia Ispahani called on her at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
The emissary formally handed Hasina letters of the Pakistan president and PM felicitating her on becoming the Bangladesh prime minister.
The PM expressed satisfaction as in all of South Asian countries, at present, democratic forces are in power.
Hasina said poverty is the main enemy in South Asia and peace will have to be established across the region for sustainable development and prosperity.
“If peace is established, then people's democracy will be more strengthened and maximum welfare of the people will be ensured,” she said while talking to the Pak envoy.
The Prime Minister described the assassination of Benazir Bhutto as “unfortunate” and recalled her personal relation with the former Pakistan premier.
Hasina conveyed her sympathy to the family members of Benazir Bhutto.
Sheikh Hasina mentioned that she herself had come under terrorist attacks several times.
“The terrorists have no boundary. All will have to work unitedly to face the terrorists,” said the PM, who has already proposed the formation of a South Asian antiterrorism taskforce.
The prime minister and the Pak president's envoy also discussed various other issues, including bilateral communications, and trade and business.
PMO secretary Mollah Wahiduzzaman, Press Secretary to the PM Abul Kalam Azad and Pak High Commissioner Alamgir Babar were present.

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