Terrorists have no religion: PM

She urges people to inform cops of any suspicious movement

Special Correspondent

25 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday called upon the people to inform law enforcement agencies about any suspicious movement to avert untoward incident in the country.

"I urge people that they will just inform law enforcement agencies about any suspicious movement in the country. We don’t want such incident anywhere," she said while responding to a supplementary question from lawmaker Shahiduzzaman Sarker.

The premier said that terrorists do not have any religion and any country.

"Militant is militant and terrorist is terrorist," she said, adding that her government controlled the acts of militancy and bombing in the country with an iron fist. 

The premier came up with the remark after a wave of blasts left over 300 people killed and about 500 injured at churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Sunday.

Some 40 children, including Zayan Chowdhury, a grandson of her cousin Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, were killed in the blasts.

The emotion-choked premier told parliament that Zayan was also killed in the blast while Zayan's father Mashiul Haque Chowdhury was fighting for life after receiving serious injuries.

Seeking eternal peace for Zayan, Sheikh Hasina said it was not only Zayan, about 40 children were killed in the blasts.

"Zayan was buried today. But his father was not informed about his burial. His father was looking for him," she said, urging every citizen not to involve with such heinous act.

"I don’t have any word to condemn such heinous act. I don’t know what they want to achieve through staging such incident. The innocent minor does not have any fault," she said, adding that the acts of militancy do not bring welfare to the people.

The premier said Islam is the religion of peace. "But a section of people undermine the religion among the human beings. Some fanatics are carrying out the attacks and push the lives of people towards threats. Such act is painful for human beings," she said.            

The premier also spoke about the brutal killing of Nusrat Jahan Rafi who was burnt to death in Feni recently.

"It’s a manmade terrorism. They burnt Nusrat, who made a protest against a wrongdoing, to death by pouring kerosene on her. Such an inhuman act cannot bring positive result for the humanity," she said.