Prime Minister Hasina calls for holding back honour
Dhaka, January 19: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called on cadets to hold on to the honour the country has received by winning the Liberation War.
"We have been able to regain the respect we got in '71, and lost in '75. Now no one can ignore Bangladesh," she said at the graduation convocation of Defense Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) on Wednesday (January 19).
Addressing the graduates, the Prime Minister said, "In this course, you have acquired military knowledge and higher national and international knowledge. This knowledge will help you to fulfill your responsibilities efficiently and to face any challenge. I want every member of our armed forces to be of international standard. We have done a lot of work for this, starting from changing the surname. So that each member can run on an equal footing at the international level."
She added, "I believe that the dream of the father of the nation has come true today. Because Bangabandhu had said, ‘One day foreign friends will come to our academy for training.' Today it has happened. Our DSCSC is internationally recognized as a unique educational institution. The foreign trainees here are our goodwill ambassadors."
The Prime Minister said that at one time there was a negative talk about Bangladesh abroad. "Of course, there are still some people who prefer to discredit our country. But as a result of our socio-economic development and the skills we have shown in maintaining international peace and suppressing terrorism and militancy in the country, the image of Bangladesh in the world has brightened."
Bangladesh has gained status in the world as a role model of development. Mentioning that this status should be maintained, the Prime Minister said, "We want to build a developed Bangladesh by 2041. We will celebrate the centenary of independence in 2071. My only request to the new officers is to work as a soldier to build a better Bangladesh. You must love the country. We must always keep our heads high and be dedicated to the welfare of the people of the country."
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