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PM asks armed forces to keep vigil against social menaces

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday asked the armed forces to enforce a vigil against some existing social menaces alongside their routine duties, saying her government would continue to follow “zero tolerance” policy to eliminate the curses.

“There are some social menaces like narcotics, terrorism, militancy and corruption . . . I am drawing your special attention to these,” she told an armed forces graduation ceremony in the capital.

The premier added: “We have already announced the ‘zero tolerance policy’ against terrorism, militancy, narcotics and corruption, the ongoing drives against the menaces will be continued.”

Sheikh Hasina said elimination of these menaces was a must to protect society as “we do not want to allow them to destroy our children’s lives”.

Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) staged the ceremony to confer on the graduation degree to 235 army, navy and air force officers of Bangladesh and 21 other countries at Sheikh Hasina Complex of Mirpur Cantonment.

Of the recipients, 125 were from army, 34 from navy and 22 from air force of Bangladesh while the rest 54 were from foreign countries.

The countries are China, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Malaysia, the Maldives, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, the USA and Zambia.

Commandant of DSCSC, a prime national defense institution, Major General Md Enayet Ullah delivered the welcome speech at the function when the premier handed over certificates among the graduates.

Senior officials from the three services, high officials and vice-chancellors of several public and private universities were present at the graduation ceremony.

DSCSC provides professional military education to selected mid-career officers of the three armed services and prepares them for assumption of increasing responsibilities both in command and staff appointment.

The prime minister said her government continued to work to make the armed forces as modern and well-equipped ones so it could move ahead keeping the pace with the modern world.

She recalled the armed forces contribution to the country’s socio-economic development alongside protecting the national independence and sovereignty._BSS.

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