Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said Bangladesh Army, a force imbued with the spirit of the War of Liberation, is very much ready than ever before to foil any evil force.
The people's confidence in the army has been strengthened as the force is equipped with vast resources of modern war machines and capable of operating those efficiently, she said at a maneuver exercise of Bangladesh Army at Swarna Dweep in Noakhali.
Sheikh Hasina said modern armament of the army and their tough activities manifest their professionalism. The excellent maneuver is an example of modern and strong military force, she said praising the attractive exercise of the 11 Infantry Division.
"We don't want war, but we have to have every preparation to foil any attempt against our independence and sovereignty," she said adding "our armed forces are growing up as befitting enough required for an independent country."
The exercise was organised by the management of the 93 Armour Brigade Group of 11 Infantry Division of Bangladesh Army. Brigadier General Sharif Ahsan led the exercise.
"I'm confident in the overall capacity of the army after seeing the use of newly inducted MBT-2000 tank, APC BTR-80, Self-Propelled Artillery Gun, NORA-B-52, Radar Vehicle SLC-2, anti-tank missile METIS-M-1 and professionalism of the army," she said.
Army Chief General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq gave the welcome address on the occasion, attended by ministers, chiefs of navy and air forces, parliament members, GOCs of 11 and 33 infantry divisions.
The island popularly known as the Jahaijjar Char under Noakhali district surfaced in 1978.
The inaccessible island for long had been used by the organised miscreants and pirates as their safe haven, disrupting the activities of the civil administration.
Situated on a three-meter height from the sea level, the island is about 360 square kilometres in area. In 2013, the island was renamed as 'Swarna Dweep' and the government allocated it to the Bangladesh Army in 2013 for training as well as the development of the island for habitation, improved law and order and afforestation.