Progress can't be stopped with bomb attacks: PM
Noting that the recent bomb attack on a Tajia procession was aimed at tarnishing Bangladesh's image, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asserted that Bangladesh’s progress cannot be stopped with such bombings.
The Prime Minister made the statement while addressing the foundation stone-laying ceremony of Dhaka Wasa Padma (Jashaldia) water treatment plant construction (phase-1) project at a city hotel.
"Bangladesh is moving ahead and it'll do so. Let me say one thing, the march forward of Bangladesh can't be stopped by hurling two bombs or five eggs... those who're thinking this are making a mistake," she said.
At least one person was killed and about hundred others were injured in bomb explosions in front of Hussaini Dalan in old Dhaka on the early hours of October 24. The blasts took place when members of the Shia community were gathering there to bring out their traditional Tajia procession, marking holy Ashura.
Sheikh Hasina said the motive behind this bomb attack was to taint Bangladesh's image at a time when the country has become a role model of development in the world.
About the prevailing religious harmony in Bangladesh, she said the people of the country believe in the slogan 'religion is personal, festival for everyone'.
"You saw the one who was killed and those got injured in this bomb blasts are Sunni, no one of them is of the Shia community," Hasina said.
The Prime Minister said all programmes and festivals in Bangladesh are observed by the people of all religions. "Then what does it mean by this attack? Why did this happen? Who did commit it anyway? It's gradually becoming clear to people who have actually committed it." she said.