Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today renewed her government’s stance against terrorism with a vow to find out the root causes of recent terror attacks in Bangladesh.
“Children of rich families were involved in Gulshan terror attack. We’ll find out who’re behind this… who’re recruiting these youths,” she said as visiting US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal met her at her official residence Ganobahabn.
PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim Helal briefed reporters after the meeting.
Biswal also said the youths, who are involved in recent terror attacks in Bangladesh, are from well-off families and they are indulged in adventurism.
“These youths are from well-to-do families…one of the things is to look in that they are indulged in adventurism, they are not doing it from religious spirit,” she said.
The US Assistant Secretary of State termed the recent terror attack in Bangladesh as a challenge and offered to work together to eliminate this social menace.
“We’ll have to face it together, we’ll have to work together, we’ll extend all sorts of assistance, including technological support in this regard,” she said.
Nisha also offered training for Bangladesh law enforcement agencies to fight terrorism.
The Prime Minister also put emphasis on sharing information to face the terrorism.
About the missing youths of the country, Hasina said human rights bodies without going into the deep of the problem blame the government and the law enforcement agencies. “They squarely blame the government and law enforcement agencies.”
Sheikh Hasina said some youths went missing after going for study in Australia and Malaysia.
The Prime Minister said she herself had to face terror attacks several times, and pointed out the brutal August 21 grenade attack on her during the BNP-Jamaat regime that left 24 Awami League leaders and activists dead.
Hasina also mentioned 500 bombs were blasted in various areas of the 63 districts of the country at that time.
PM’s Adviser Gowher Rizvi, Principal Secretary M Abul Kalam Azad and US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat were present on the occasion.