Govt building army to face 21st century’s geopolitical, military challenges: PM
“We have undertaken necessary programmes to build the army to be more efficient to face the geopolitical and military challenges of the 21st century,” she said as the chief guest in a national standard (national flag) handing over ceremony to 10 units and organizations of the Bangladesh Army on Sunday, reports BSS.
She simultaneously said they have adopted the “Forces Goal-2030″ in accordance with the “Defence Policy” taken by the Father of the Nation in 1974 to build a time-befitting, well-equipped, and modern technology and knowledge based army to keep pace with any force of the world as the Bangladesh Army has been working with other global modern forces in the UN (United Nation) peace keeping missions.
The premier joined the function from her official Ganabhaban residence here through a video conference while the concerned army officials got connected from the Savar Cantonment.
On behalf of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed handed over the national standard (national flag) to the respective commanders of 1,3,6,8 Engineering Battalion, 11 BIR (Bangladesh Infantry Regiments) Mechanized Battalion, BIR-12th, 13th and 15th Support Battalion, 59 East Bengal Support Battalion and School of Infantry and Tactics.
A smartly turned out contingent of Bangladesh Army gave salute to the Prime Minister through a spectacular parade.
The premier said that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman established the Awami League (AL) and it brought the country’s independence after 24 years of struggle.
“So, it is our duty to ensure the country’s development. The Bangladesh Army is the symbol of independence and sovereignty of the country. Making overall development of the army is also our duty,” she said.