Bangladesh is a Muslim majority democratic country that has made great strides in economic and human development. But, since 1999 the country has been facing a sustained threat of Islamist militancy that is out to undermine the achievements. Adopting a zero tolerance strategy against the menace, the government has contained it with an iron hand to a great extent, but could not free the country from its curse permanently. A lull in violence in recent times may prove to be a temporary respite, but the militants always try to reorganise themselves when they find opportune moments.
Terrorism, an offshoot of Islamist extremism, poses another challenge to the country. However, not only militancy and terrorism, our society equally faces the menace of drugs and corruption that hinder its development. Realising the gravity of the situation, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the National Security Intelligence (NSI) personnel to work sincerely to make the country safer from the menace. The NSI has a past record of successfully preserving peace and security across the country. It is hoped that this time also they will prove their mettle by uprooting the threat. However, we laud all other intelligence agencies like the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI), the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), the Special Branch (SB) and the Criminal Investigation of Police (CID), the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) and the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) for their relentless efforts to address the country’s major safety issues.Referring to the fresh surge of Covid-19 pandemic, the Premier asked the authorities concerned to perform their duties effectively to bring the virus under control during the second wave of the pandemic. She specially asked the NSI members to play their significant role in this regard as well. Recalling their role in combating the first wave of the virus, she whole-heartedly thanked them. We hope and believe that all other intelligence agencies will also mobilise their resources to combat the intimidating threats.