Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that Bangladesh will review and examine security conditions in any country before sending its cricket team to play anywhere.
The PM’s directives come in within a day after the Bangladesh Cricket Team barely survived the most violent white-supremacist terror attack in New Zealand, where an armed man shot killed 49 people including three Bangladeshis inside a mosque.
“In the future, whenever we send our cricket team, we’ll do that after examining and reviewing the security measures there,” the premier said on Saturday.
The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating the four-lane second Kanchpur Bridge on the Shitalakkhya River, four-lane flyover at Bhulta and a railway overpass at Latifpur on Dhaka-Sylhet Highway through videoconferencing from her official residence Ganobhaban.
PM Sheikh Hasina also said Bangladesh always ensures high security whenever any team of any cricket-playing nation comes here. “We ensure their appropriate security and we’ll always do that,” she added.
“Our cricketers were supposed to go to that mosque. On their way, a wounded woman warned them and they escaped from there,” she said.
Condemning the hated, terrorist and militant attacks in New Zealand, PM Sheikh Hasina said there is nothing more heinous than killing people while they are performing their prayers.
“I hope the world community won’t only condemn this incident, but also take step to eliminate militancy and terrorism forever,” she added.
The Prime Minister said she always believes that militants and terrorists have no religion, country or nation. “They’re just terrorists, and actions have to be taken against them considering them as terrorists.”
PM Sheikh Hasina mentioned that Bangladesh, with its hectic efforts, managed to protect the country from militancy and terrorism although many people raise many questions.
Talking about religious liberty in Bangladesh, the Prime Minister said this is the right of all people as the country has properly established this religious right. “The people of all religions can perform their respective rituals here freely.”
Describing New Zealand as a peaceful country, she questioned about the mosque attacks there and said that these were dreadful incidents.