'We're for protecting global peace against all kinds of terrorism': PM (United News of Bangladesh)

Dhaka,Feb 24(UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said the stance of her government is very clear towards protecting global peace and against all kinds of terrorism, and underscored that Bangladesh Armed Forces would have to move ahead imbued with the same ideal.
“We’re pledge-bound to establish international peace and security. Ourstance is very clear towards protecting global peace and against all kinds of terrorism, and our Armed Forces would have to move ahead imbued with the same ideal,” she said.
The Prime Minister was addressing the graduation ceremony of the Defense Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) 2014-15 Course and certificate awarding ceremony held at the Mirpur Cantonment in the city.
Ministers, opposition leader in parliament, Security Adviser to the Prime Minister, Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force, diplomats, and high civil and military officials were present at the function.br br
The Prime Minister expressed the hope that every institution of the country would be developed and move ahead keeping pace with other organisations of the world.br br
She called upon all to work together from their respective position to turn Bangladesh into a mid-income country before 2021 and a developed one by 2041.br br
Mentioning her government’s determination to build up a time-befitting, skilled and strong armed forces, Hasina said that the Awami League government is committed to doing whatever necessary for the development and welfare of the armed forces.
“During our immediate past tenure, we implemented various development programmes under the Forces Goal 2030. We continued the development process and we’re committed to doing whatever necessary for the development and welfare of the armed forces, Insha-Allah,” she said.
Commandant of the DSCSC Major General Sajjadul Haque delivered the welcome address at the function.
This year, in the ‘DSCSC 2014-15’ course, a total of 214 officers including 120 officers from Bangladesh Army, 23 officers from Bangladesh Navy, 19 officers from Bangladesh Air Force and 52 overseas officers from China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Liberia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Turkey, USA and Zambia have successfully graduated from this college.
So far, some 3,127 Bangladeshi officers and 860 overseas officers from 37 friendly countries have graduated from the college.
The DSCSC is a tri-services training institution of the Bangladesh Armed Forces. The purpose of establishing such an institution was to prepare selected officers of the three services for the assumption of increasing responsibilities both in command and staff appointment.
Despite limited resources, the Prime Minister said: “Our intention is to build a time-befitting, skilled and strong armed force within the available resources. We need to emphasize on advanced training and exercise to attain our aim,”br br
In this connection, she said that her government has taken up projects to extend infrastructural facilities of the Defence Services Command andStaffCollege. “Under the projects, the construction works of a multi-storey residential complex has already been commissioned and the construction of the academic building will be completed very soon.”
She also expressed her firm belief thatthe implementation of the project would increase the training capability ofthe StaffCollege.
The Prime Minister said that during her first tenure in office, she took initiative to expand the armed forces and established a number of units following the Defence Policy 1974 framed by the Father of Nation.
She said that thearmed forces are the symbol of independence and sovereignty. “Alongside discharging the noble responsibility of protecting our freedom, the members of our patriotic armed forces are also making significant contributions to the fields of tackling natural disasters, construction of infrastructures, socio-economic development and other nation-building activities.”
“Not only within the country,” Hasina said, “the members of our Armed Forces have also earned name and fame in foreign lands by their honesty, dedication and professional efficiency.”
“Members of Bangladesh Armed Forces are contributing significantly for restoring democracy, social development, health and education in various countries under the emblem of UN mission. Their success has brightened the image ofBangladesh,” she added.
In the backdrop of the changed security scenario in the present day world, the Prime Minister said that the role of the armed forces has become multi-dimensional. “This should be reflected realistically in the education and training programmes of the armed forces,”
“I believe, the Defence Services Command andStaffCollegehas attached due importance to this issue in their training curricula,” she added.
Mentioning that Bangladesh believes in the peaceful resolution of all bilateral, regional and international disputes in all corners of the globe, the Prime Minister said the basic principle of Bangladesh’s foreign policy is: ‘Friendship with all and malice towards none on the basis of equality’.
Extending her sincere greetings and felicitations to all graduates of the DSCSC 2014-15 Course, thePrime Minister said that obtaining a `PSC’ degree fromtherenowned Defence Services Command and StaffCollegeis indeed a matter of great pride for any member of the armed forces.
She said that after the independence through the war of liberation, the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman gave special emphasis to build a disciplined and professional Armed Force for Bangladesh.
During her previous tenure in 1996-2001, Hasina said, her government established a number of institutions, including National Defense College, MIST and Armed Forces Medical College.
She said that with the passage of time, Defence Services Command and StaffCollege has been acclaimed in the international arena as a unique military educational institution.
“It’s a matter of pride that from the inception this College has successfully completed 39 Staff Courses for the Army, 33 Courses for the Navy and 35 Courses for the Air Force.”
All these graduates are discharging important responsibilities in the defence structure of their own countries, the Prime Minister said and congratulated the Commandant and faculty members of theStaffCollegefor this success.
She said that this day is undoubtedly a memorable one in the life of the graduating officers. “You’ve successfully completed this important military course by dint of hard work and perseverance. The knowledge you accumulated through this training would be helpful in discharging your professional responsibilities and in facing any challenge in future. I wish continued success in your professional career.”
Hasina told the foreign graduating officers that Bangladesh has very warm and friendly ties with these countries. “We’re hopeful that these ties would be deepened through your participation at thisStaffCollege.I firmly believe, you’ve certainly formed positive impressions about the people and culture of this land while studying here. Your stay at this college must have been pleasant and enjoyable,”
She also hoped that as Bangladesh’s goodwill ambassadors, the foreign graduate officers would convey the good wishes of the country’s simple and hospitable people to their respective government, the armed forces and countrymen.
The Prime Minister said that hergovernment’s main objective is to raise the living standard of the common people through establishing good governance in every sphere of national life.
She said that the poverty rate in Bangladesh dropped to 24 percent and her government is hopeful to lower it by another 10 percent to 14 percent in the next five years. Nearly 50 million people have been elevated to the middleincome group while income inequality between rich and poor has been reduced alongside increasing financial capacity of the common man.
Noting that Bangladeshfares better in most of the economic indices not only inSouth Asiabut also among many developed nations, Hasina said: “Our ultimate target is to turnBangladeshinto a developed nation by 2041. We’ve to work together from our respective positions to achieve the target.”