Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, MP, said today that a law to prosecute patrons of militancy should be enacted to stop the recurrence of the phenomenon.
The minister was speaking as the chief guest at a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club organized by Jatiya Jubo Jote, the youth wing of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD).
The program was part of a four-month long campaign undertaken by JSD to popularize the idea of a enacting a new law that would bring the sponsors of militancy within the ambit of law. The program started on October 13, 2016. Inu is the president of the party.
Explaining the reasons for such a demand, the minister said that as long as the "production and reproduction unit" of militants continued to operate it would be impossible to stamp out militancy. Others speakers also emphasized the need for political mobilization to support and supplement the administrative steps being taken by the government.
"Without political support, administrative action alone would not suffice to destroy this trend," JSD leaders said.
"Khaleda Zia should not be allowed to use the tolerance of a democratic system to pursue her violent agenda, "Inu added.
"One cannot eliminate militancy as long as the factory that produces it was operative," he said.
Chaired by Rokonuzzaman Rokon, the meeting was also addressed by other party leaders including Mir Hossain Akhter, Advocate Habibur Rahman Shawkat and Abdul Matin Miah, a former legislator.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)