SUNAMGANJ, Mar 2 (UNB): Prime Minister Khaleda Zia declared that Bangladesh is now a terrorism-free country with the arrest of what she called top-most terrorist and bomber.
Khaleda Zia made the statement while she was speaking at a public meeting at Janata High School ground at Dharmapasha in Sunamganj district Thursday.
Presided over by local BNP leader Abdul Motaleb Khan, the meeting was also addressed, among others, by PM's political secretary Harris Chowdhury, Whip Fazlul Huq Aspia, Nazir Hossain MP, Shahinur Pasha MP, Khalida Rabbani MP and Nadir Hossain.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said: "We believe in deeds, not words. The top-most terrorist and bomber, Shaekh Abdur Rahman, has been caught… The country is now terror-free."
She said a few people of Bangladesh started terrorism in the name of Islam. They are the "enemies" of religion, Islam, nation, democracy and development.
"They misled the people and worked against Islam," she said, adding that people, including ulema, opposed their actions.
Congratulating cross-sections of people, political parties and professional groups on their assisting the government in rooting out terrors, Khaleda said "only a political party" did not cooperate since they wanted "anarchic situation and patronised the terrorists."
Recalling her pre-election pledges, the Prime Minister said: "We've promised whoever do terrorism will not be spared…we've kept our word through our work."
On the contrary, she said, previous government indulged in extortion and creating godfathers, making public life a misery.
Seeking fresh electoral mandate for the BNP-led alliance, the Prime Minister urged the people to vote for those who are capable of combating both natural calamity and terrorism and ensuring development.
Harris Chowdhury urged the Awami League not to interpret as "weakness" the Prime Minister's proposal for a bipartisan committee to discuss the reform and find out a solution.