We want peace, but ready to repel external attacks: PM
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the armed forces are being developed appropriately to give a fitting reply if the country comes under attack by external forces.
"If external forces attack, we have to face that. For that we have to build up appropriate armed forces and accordingly we have taken various steps," she said while addressing the 10th Tigers' Reunion of the East Bengal Regiment at Bangladesh Military Academy (BMA).
She said Bangladesh does not want to engage in war with anyone.
"We believe in the policy of friendship to all and malice to none. This policy was formulated by the Father of the Nation," she said.
Briefly describing various development activities of the government to modernise Bangladesh Army, she said Sheikh Russell cantonment has recently been established in Mawa-Jazira while construction of new cantonments is under way in Mithamin, Rajbari and Trishal.
"Construction of Army Aviation Forward Bases at Chattogram and Cox's Bazar and Aviation School at Lalmonirhat is also in progress," she said.
She mentioned that the government has added new composite brigade and para commando brigade in the army."Sophisticated and up-to-date weapons are being procured for each force," she said.
She said the government wants to transform Bangladesh as a country of peace.
"For that we have adopted zero tolerance policy against terrorism and militancy," she said.
At the programme the PM took salute and also inspected the parade riding on an open jeep.