Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has named extremism as the main obstacle to the country’s stability.
The minister urged all to be united against militancy and terrorism being irrespective of political ideologies.
“Communal extremism and militancy are a threat to our national existence. Irrespective of party affiliation, we will have to be united against the menace for the sake of the country’s interest,” Obaidul Quader said on Saturday while attending the annual tuberculosis conference of National Anti Tuberculosis Association of Bangladesh (NATAB) at the LGED auditorium at Dhaka’s Agargaon.
Awami League general secretary Quader said no one will be safe if the country is run properly and the unrest and sabotage continues.
Referring to Friday’s suicide blast at Ashkona barrack of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Dhaka, the minister said such attack is a barrier to country’s next election.
“Our political ideologies are different but the country is ours. So stamping out extremism is our national. We are a brave nation. We overpowered the Pakistani occupation forces and I firmly believe that we must defeat extremism,” the minister said.
The minister said the extremists are targeting law enforcers because of their successful drives against the militant outfits and they are trying to break the spirit of the forces.
“Militants are out to weaken the moral strength of law enforcers to create instability in the country through launching such attacks,” he said.
Chaired by NATAB President Mozaffar Hossain Paltu, the function was addressed by Directorate General of Health Services Director General Professor Dr Abul Kalam Azad, Acme Laboratories Limited Managing Director Mizanur Rahman Sinha and NATAB General Secretary Khayer Uddin Ahmed Mukul, among others.