Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said Bangladesh would live in the world community as a victorious nation as well as a peaceful and prosperous country for which it was born in 1971.
"We should remember that we are a victorious nation. Bangladesh is not a place for terrorists and militants. There will be no place for the terrorists in the soil of Bangladesh," she said.
Hasina was addressing a programme at President Guard Regiment (PGR) Headquarters in Dhaka Cantonment, marking the regiment's 41st founding anniversary.
Pointing out the recent spate of terrorism in the country, she said, "It is our misfortune that the image of the country has been tarnished a little bit due to the incidents. But it has the capacity to tackle any situation."
The international community remains with Bangladesh as they could understand its capacity to tackle any situation…, she added.
Army chief General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq, PGR Commandant Brig Gen Md Jahangir Harun, Prime Minister's Security Advisor Maj Gen (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique, and chiefs of naval and air staff were present, among others.
She said everyone, particularly those responsible for security, should be given modern training to enhance their capacity to tackle any situation.
"PGR members have to build up themselves as a time-befitting force in terms of competence and strategy to keep them abreast with the changing global situation," said Hasina. Terming the PGR as a brilliant force, she said in the passage of time the force brightened its image with its own credit.
The premier said a barrack with modern amenities was constructed for soldiers on the Gono Bhaban premises, which resolved their longstanding housing problem. A separate housing arrangement plan for the families of the PGR is on the cards, she added.