1344Published on January 19, 2022
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina Wednesday expressed her firm conviction that none can stop the indomitable pace of the country's advancement as it has become a "role model" of development before the world.
"Bangladesh is an independent country. None can ever stop the indomitable pace of Bangladesh's advancement. It is much needed to march Bangladesh ahead in such a way," she said.
She also urged all to work in a united way for transforming Bangladesh into a developed one by 2041 maintaining the country's current developing nation's status.
The prime minister was addressing the graduation ceremony of the "DSCSC 2021-2022 Course" of Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) held at its Sheikh Hasina Complex, Mirpur Cantonment, Dhaka, joining virtually from her official Ganabhaban residence.
She mentioned that Bangladesh has appeared to be role model of development before the world as it has achieved the status of a developing nation due to its miracle socio-economic advancement.
"We want to be a developed and prosperous country by 2041 keeping the status intact," she said.
The prime minister called upon the graduating officers to work as the "soldiers of 2041", saying, "Move ahead, and always keeping your heads high. Love the country and its people and devote yourselves to the betterment of the country."
She said they have developed a dignified country with their own resources not to extend hand for begging to others, vowing to go far ahead utilizing their own treasures. "None can ignore Bangladesh from now on," she said.
The premier urged the fresh graduating officers, particularly the overseas officers, to be the envoys of Bangladesh as some people still love to spread out defamatory propaganda against the country like in past despite Bangladesh has achieved a reputed position before the world.
Sheikh Hasina said that the image of Bangladesh has brightened due to the country's socio-economic advancement, maintaining international peace by Bangladeshi peacekeepers and efficiency in curbing terrorism and militancy.
Bangladesh is now getting that honour which it had earned after becoming an independent nation in 1971, she said.
After the assassination of the Father of the Nation with most of his family members in 1975, the country lost the hard-earned honour of being an independent state that was achieved through liberation war led by Bangabandhu, she said.
Turning to Covid-19, the prime minister asked all to comply with the health protocols accordingly as a new variant of the lethal virus has emerged.
"Follow the health protocols. Protect yourselves and your families," she said.
The prime minister also remotely handed over certificates among 251 graduating officers including 17 female and 47 overseas officers from 18 friendly countries.
Commandant of the DSCSC major general Md Jubayer Salehin delivered the welcome address at the function. Sheikh Hasina said her government is following the foreign policy "Friendship to all, malice to none" adopted by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
She added: "We don't want to fight with anyone. But, we will not remain silent if the country's independence and sovereignty are attacked. We definitely protect it or denounce it."
Following the foreign policy, she said they are holding talks with Myanmar and international communities to send back the Rohingyas to their homeland in a peaceful manner.
"Bangladesh has created a dignified position in the world due to our foreign policy," she continued. The prime minister said that they are building the armed forces with modern equipment in such a way, so that they can protect the country's independence and sovereignty.
"I want each of the members of the armed forces to be international standard and for that I have done many things that included changing the designations, "she said.
Describing the armed forces as the symbol of independence and sovereignty, the premier said that the armed forces personnel are always ready for making supreme sacrifice in any needs of the nation alongside protecting the country's independence and sovereignty.
She highly praised the contribution of the armed forces in dealing with the Covid-19 situation despite the fact that the world economy and livelihoods have become standstill due to the pandemic.
The armed forces personnel have brightened the image of Bangladesh on the world stage by working with efficiency and devotion in the peacekeeping missions, she said, adding that Bangladesh has once again topped as peacekeepers sending country.
Spelling out the government's steps for development of the DSCSC, she said the government has taken up projects to extend infrastructural facilities of this college.