Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said Bangladesh’s national cricketers will not be sent to any foreign country without necessary security arrangement there for them.
“Whenever we send our cricket team abroad in the future, we will do it after examining and reviewing the security measures in the host country,” she said at an event at her official residence Ganabhaban.“We ensure their appropriate security and we will always do that,” she added.
The prime minister was inaugurating a four-lane second Kanchpur Bridge on the Shitalakkhya River, four-lane flyover at Bhulta and a railway overpass at Latifpur on Dhaka-Sylhet Highway through videoconferencing from Ganabhaban.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh always ensures high security for tourist teams. The prime minister’s comments came in the
backdrop of the terror attack in New Zealand’s Christchurch that left 49 people offering prayers in two mosques dead.
“Our cricketers were supposed to go to that mosque to offer their prayers….they went their too, but a wounded woman stooped them and saved their lives.”
Condemning the terrorist attack in New Zealand, Sheikh Hasina said there is nothing more heinous than killing people while they were offering their prayers. “I hope the world community won’t only condemn this incident, but also take steps to eliminate militancy and terrorism forever,” she said. The Prime Minister said she always believes that militants and terrorists have no religion, country or nation.“They are just terrorists and they have to be dealth with a tough hand,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina mentioned that Bangladesh, with its tough handling of terrorism, managed to protect the country from militancy and terrorism, “although some people still raise many questions.”
“Militancy and terrorism can never bring any good to anyone,” she said.
Talking about religious freedom in Bangladesh, the Prime Minister said Bangladesh was born as a secular state giving equal rights to all faiths. “ People of all religion can perform their respective rituals here freely.”
Describing New Zealand as a peaceful country, she questioned about the mosque attacks there and said that this was a dread dreadful incident.