Staff Correspondent: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, “I felt very proud hearing the laudatory words about our armed forces by all including the UN secretary general present at the UN headquarters.”
The premier said this while addressing the inaugural function of the Army Selection Board, 2019 as the chief guest at Dhaka Cantonment on Sunday.
She said, “The efficiency of the army has earned name and fame in the international arena crossing the national boundary. The members of Bangladesh army working in different foreign missions to establish global peace have brought honour and dignity for the country through their sacrifice, leadership quality, professional efficiency, discipline, honesty, trustworthiness and loyalty which have brightened the image of the country.”
The Prime Minister hoped that the selection board will recommend the army officials for promotion considering their qualities such as patriotism, belief in the spirit of the Liberation War, leadership quality, professional efficiency, discipline, honesty, trustworthiness and loyalty.
She said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman formulated the Defence Policy 1974. In light of the policy, the present government has formulated the Forces Goal 2030 to build a strong armed force for the country.
Bangabandhu is the first person who had ruled the country after taking birth in this soil, she said, adding that the people who ruled the country earlier came from another land.
Sheikh Hasina, the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu, said her government will complete the unaccomplished works of the Father of the Nation.
The premier said the government has relentlessly been working to turn the country into a ‘Sonar Bangla’ as dreamt by Father of the Nation by making Bangladesh a hunger- and poverty-free country where no one will remain hungry.
On her arrival at the venue, Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed received the Prime Minister.
PM’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, Defence Secretary Akhter Hussain Bhuiyan and Principal Staff Officer of the Armed Forces Division Lt General Md Mahfuzur Rahman, among others, were present.
Sheikh Hasina said her government has taken all effective measures for development, expansion and modernisation of the army.
The Forces Goal 2030 is now being executed aimed at enhancing professional excellence and human resources development of the armed forces, she added.
risingbd/Dhaka/June 16, 2019/Hasan/AI