PM asks army personnel to attain highest professional excellence

BSS | Sunday, 20 June 2021

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged Bangladesh Army members to concentrate on attaining the highest professional skills and excellence keeping pace with the changed world security system.

“I believe Bangladesh Army, in continuity with the past, will remain ever ready to tackle any disaster alongside protecting the country’s sovereignty,” she said.

The prime minister came up with the statement at the induction ceremony of Tiger Multiple Launch Rocket Missile System (MLRS) to Bangladesh Army’s 51 MLRS Regiment in Savar Cantonment, joining virtually from Ganabhaban, on Sunday.

Mentioning that this Tiger MLRS at a time could strike accurately and effectively multiple targets in long-distance taking less time than other artillery systems, she hoped it would bring a new dimension to strengthen Bangladesh Army’s existing operational efficiency.

“I believe this modern system (MLRS) would strengthen Bangladesh Army as well as increase mental strength and confidence of army personnel,” she noted.

Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed also addressed the ceremony at Savar Cantonment end. An audio-visual on Tiger MLRS was also presented.

On the occasion of the Birth Centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Golden Jubilee of the Country’s independence, the army has introduced the Tiger MLRS.

The prime minister said members of the Armed Forces have been making the highest sacrifice during any necessity of the country, especially now they are working as front liners in tackling the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic.

Sheikh Hasina reiterated her call to the countrymen to follow the health safety protocols to keep themselves away from the attack of coronavirus.

She said the Covid-19 outbreak has halted the world’s economy, but the government is trying to keep the country’s economy rolling.

Mentioning that Bangladesh is moving ahead and is now more advanced economically, the premier said the country has attained the capability of keeping pace with many countries economically across the globe.

“We want Bangladesh will be a developed country, freed from hunger and poverty and each family lives in a good situation,” he added.

Sheikh Hasina said her government in 1998 established National Defense College (NDC), Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) and in 1999 Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operation Training (BIPSOT), Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) along with incorporating new brigades, units and battalions to the army.

She continued that the government also incorporated armoured personnel carriers (APC), AVC, battle tanks, helicopters and other equipment into the army.

She said after assuming power in 2009 they formulated “Forces Goal-2030” in line with the “defence policy” framed by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1974 and has been implementing it.

In addition, the AL government in 2016 established Bangladesh Peacebuilding Centre (BPC), she added.

The head of the government said they have induced modern arms, army aircraft, helicopters, modern infantry gadgets and engineering equipment to strengthen Bangladesh Army’s efficiency many more times.