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Everything with India to be dealt with friendship relation: PM

DHAKA, April 5, 2017 (BSS) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today candidly said everything between Bangladesh and India would be dealt out maintaining friendly relations,nothing detrimental to the country would be done.

She said vested quarter also termed the 25 years Friendship Agreement

1974 as the agreement of slavery. But, Bangladesh gained more from the

agreement including settlement of the issue of land boundary.

The Prime Minister said this at a function at her office on the occasion of handing over allotment letters of the plots of Police Officers' Housing Society (POHS).

Briefing reporters after the meeting PM's press secretary Ihsanul Karim said the Prime Minister hold the post-1975 government for deterioration of relation of Bangladesh with India.

Ziaur Rahman and Khaleda Zia had never taken any initiative to solve the land boundary dispute with India. Rather they indulged terrorist activities on the border, the Press secretary said quoting the Prime Minister.

BNP-Jamaat were the mastermind behind all terrorist activities in

the country and kingpin of the consignment of ten truck arms and ammunition which were brought in Bangladesh aimed at smuggling to India through border during last BNP regime, she said.

The Prime Minister said Bangladesh has come to a solution with India on this issue of land boundary keeping their friendship intact. With the similar spirit the issue of maritime boundary with India and Myanmar were settled, she said.

Appreciating the role of police and other law enforcing agencies

in combating militancy and terrorism the Prime Minister said a quarter

criticizes our action against militants.

But, Bangladesh is the only country in the world which could show success in bursting militants den beforehand of their actions, she said.

The Prime Minister said the duties of the police are very hard as they don't have any working hour. They need to go to duty whenever they are called in, she said.

Sheikh Hasina said her government has taken steps for more recruitment in police force keeping consistency with the country's demographic composition. Already around 41,000 policemen were recruited and 10,000 more would be appointed very soon, she said.

Pointing out the steps taken by her government for welfare of the police and their family members the Prime Minister said her government has taken the initiative first in 2000 for establishing police Staff College.

Her government also had taken the initiative for housing of the police

officers along with other civil servants. But it required 17 years to

implement the project, she lamented saying such housing facilities should be expanded at district and divisional levels.

Earlier Inspector General of Police M Shahidul Haque thanked the Prime Minister for her constant support to make the police housing project a reality after overcoming many obstacles.

PM's Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser, and PMO secretary Suriya Begum were present among others on the occasion.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)