Extremism main obstacle to Bangladesh's stability: Quader
18 Mar 2017, 19:19
Dhaka: Describing extremism as the main obstacle to Bangladesh's stability, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Saturday urged all irrespective of political ideologies to be united to fight the menace.
"Communal extremism and militancy are a threat to our national existence ... so we irrespective of party affiliation will have to be united against the menace for the sake of the country's interest," he told the annual tuberculosis conference of National Anti Tuberculosis Association of Bangladesh (NATAB) at the LGED auditorium at Agargaon in Dhaka.
Quader, also the Awami League general secretary, said if the country is not run properly and unrest and sabotage continue, then none will remain safe and it's a challenge for the nation.
Referring to Friday's suspected suicide blast at Ashkona barrack of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in the capital, the minister said such attack is an impediment to hold the county's next national election.
"Our political ideologies are different but the country is ours. So stamping out extremism is our national challenge," he said.
Quader added: "We are a brave nation. We overpowered the Pakistani occupation forces and I firmly believe that we must defeat the ill force," he asserted.
The minister said the extremists are targeting law enforcers because of their successful drives against the militant outfits.
"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.