Surrendered militants would be rehabilitated: PM

Our Correspondent:
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the government will provide legal support and make arrangements for rehabilitation to the derailed militants who would come back from the wrong path of militancy.

The Prime Minister came up with the assurance while responding to a tabled question from treasury bench member Kamal Ahmed Mazumdar in the House on Wednesday afternoon with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.

Sheikh Hasina said, “Arrangements for rehabilitation including providing legal aid to the derailed militants, who would return to normal life leaving the wrong path of militancy, would be made in future.”

The premier said Bangladesh is a country of communal harmony and the people of the country hate communalism and militancy. “Terrorism, communalism and militancy are a threat to the balanced development and security,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said after coming to power, the Awami League government took effective measures and a plan to clamp down on militancy following the “zero tolerance” policy. “Bangladesh is now being considered as a “role model” in the whole world for curbing militancy,” she said.

In recent time a number of important members of militant outfits including their top leaders were arrested and killed and huge quantity of arms and ammunition were recovered due to the successful drives of the law enforcement agencies, the premier said.

Hasina also said preparing a time-befitting standard operating procedure (SOP) is under process to instantly combat terrorist and militant acts.

“The surveillance of the intelligence agencies towards the online-based campaign of the militant outfits would be stepped up further to check radicalisation of ideology on militancy among the people,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said effective measures would be taken through law enforcement agencies and intelligence agencies so that radicalisation of ideology on militancy doesn’t take place among the people due to online-based campaign of the militant outfits.