Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013

Canadian delegation meets prime minister

A delegation of Canadian branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) yesterday met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and discussed various issues, including the ongoing war crimes trial.
During the meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office, they also discussed issues relating to strengthening parliamentary democracy, counterterrorism, poverty alleviation and Bangladesh’s success in the economy, said PM’s Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad.
Sheikh Hasina said her government has been working to ensure the country’s development.
Regarding institutionalising democracy and the parliamentary system, Hasina said her government has strengthened all democratic institutions, including the Election Commission.
Over 5,500 elections, including that of city corporations, pourasabhas, union parishads and parliamentary by-polls, were held during the last four years, she said.
All the elections were held in a free, fair, neutral and acceptable manner with the spontaneous participation of all, she added. She also mentioned that her government has contained terrorism and militancy with an iron hand.
The delegation members lauded the prime minister’s visionary and pragmatic leadership as well Bangladesh’s success in various fields, including agriculture and education.
Principal Secretary Shaikh Md Wahid Uz Zaman, and PMO Secretary Molla Waheeduzzaman also attended the meeting.