Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said a vested quarter was out to thwart the trial of war criminals, and urged people to remain alert about their evil designs.
“I request all to remain alert so that the vested quarter cannot commit any destructive activities in the country,” she said while inaugurating a conference at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital.
Mentioning about the recent violence carried out by the activists of Jamaat and Shibir across the country, the premier regretted that they even did not spare the law enforcers.
Hasina said the defeated force of the 1971 Liberation War was patronised by those who had killed Bangabandhu on August 15, 1975.
She mentioned that a particular person of the defeated force also got Bangladesh passport after he had been awarded Bangladesh citizenship.
“So, it is normal that someone will be there to save the war criminals who had committed crimes against humanity during the Liberation War,” she told her audience.
Listing various development works carried out by the government, the premier said her government did not want to roam across the world with the bag of beggars.
“It was the policy of BNP and the rulers who came to power after 1975. BNP wants to make Bangladesh a food-deficit country so that they can beg alms from foreign countries,” she said.
Emphasising the need to reduce dependency on donors, Hasina said, “If we become so much dependent on donors, they will impose conditions, they will take away the lion's share of their money in the name of consultancy fees.”
In response to the criticism of a section of people about power generation through quick rental system, the premier said this type of people never want to feel the ground reality.
“That is why I asked the people concerned to go for load-shedding for at least an hour twice a day in Dhaka…I think this is necessary,” she told the audience at the conference organised by Bangabandhu Prokoushali Parishad.
Hasina called upon the engineers to play an active role in keeping up the momentum of development activities through proper and sustainable use of the limited resources.
She mentioned that 85 percent of the country's infrastructure development and production activities greatly depend on the efficiency of engineers.
The premier urged the engineers to be more active in implementing the service-oriented works like exploration of gas and coal, generation and distribution of electricity through their efficiency and sincerity.
To combat the adverse impacts of climate change, Hasina underscored the need for innovating sustainable green technology instead of waiting for help from the developed countries.
She told the engineers to innovate local technology, and assured them of all-out government support to this end.
Hasina said the government amended the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act and formulated the ICT policy to materialise the huge potential of various IT services.
She also suggested the engineers to utilise the facilities provided by the government.
Prof Habibur Rahman, president of Bangabandhu Prokoushali Parishad, and its general secretary Nuruzzaman also spoke on the occasion.