`Bangladesh is working with great reputation to maintain peace in the world'



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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is a responsible and reliable name in the global efforts to maintain peace and security, noting that Bangladesh has been working with great reputation as the highest sentencing country and an active participant in UN peacekeeping operations for 35 years.

She said, "We are recognized by everyone and are role models in the world." Behind this achievement is the contribution and sacrifice of the smart, hardworking and dedicated members of our armed forces and police forces.

On this auspicious occasion of celebrating 35 years of Bangladesh's participation in UN peacekeeping operations, Sheikh Hasina congratulated all the peacekeepers, including the Bangladeshi peacekeepers working in the UN mission.

The Prime Minister said these at the 'International UN Peacekeeper Day-2023' celebration at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center in the capital on Monday.

"Following the foreign policy of the Father of the Nation to establish world peace and the constitutional obligation, Bangladesh became a member of the 'Blue Helmet' family of the United Nations," she said. Later Bangladesh Police in 1989 and Bangladesh Navy and Air Force in 1993 were engaged in enforcement. For the last 35 years, Bangladesh has been working with great reputation as the highest sentencing country and an active participant in UN peacekeeping operations.

Sheikh Hasina said that following the ideals of the Father of the Nation and working to establish world peace, Sheikh Hasina said, "Apart from the peacekeeping mission, we are actively participating and contributing in other international forums. We raised the 'Culture of Peace' resolution at the United Nations in 1997, which was unanimously adopted in 1999. Since then, Bangladesh's flagship resolution Cultural of Peace has been unanimously accepted at the United Nations every year. Later, the United Nations declared 2000 as the 'International Year of Culture of Peace' and 2001-2010 as the 'Cultural of Peace and Decade of Non-Violence'.

She said, 'I believe that establishing a culture of peace is essential to perpetuate the message of peace and implement Agenda 203. Our actions to ensure women's rights and gender equality are making significant contributions to the 'Women, Peace and Security Agenda'.

"Ensuring peace in the world has become much more difficult than in the past," Sheikh Hasina said, "with the recent development and advancement of technology, new threats from evil forces are increasing. As a result, peacekeepers in UN peacekeeping missions have to deal with complex multidimensional situations. Hence the need to enrich peacekeeping missions with advanced technology has now increased manifold.

She said, 'We have always prepared the Bangladeshi peacekeepers with timely training so that they can deal with the complex situations created in the most challenging and dangerous regions of the world. We have ensured supply of clothing and other necessary items along with advanced technology military equipment compatible with the environment, weather and terrain of the mission area. We have added modern mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles to the Bangladesh contingents and state-of-the-art technology for communication of peacekeepers.'

The Prime Minister also said, "I think the theme of the 2023 International UN Peacekeepers Day - 'Peace Begins With Me' is very timely." With this motto, we will work for the establishment of world peace in the way shown by the Father of the Nation and give a safe and peaceful world to the future generations - this is our pledge today.'

All the efforts of our government will continue so that the peacekeepers of Bangladesh can respond to the call of the United Nations with more confidence. I hope that the Bangladeshi peacekeepers will keep the country's honor and image bright by working with their skills, professionalism, courage and devotion.

She thanked the Bangladesh Army, Navy, Air Force, Bangladesh Police, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and all those involved in this event.

The head of government said, "At present, 7036 peacekeepers of Bangladesh are engaged in UN peacekeeping missions and activities. This number is about 9.8% of the total number of peacekeepers deployed in the world. Among them are 572 Bangladeshi women peacekeepers. We continue our efforts to increase the number of women peacekeepers.

Coordinator of the movement Nahid called not to leave the campus



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Nahid Islam, one of the coordinators of 'Anti Discrimination Student Movement', an organization of students protesting against all kinds of quota discrimination in government jobs, has urged the protesting students not to leave their campus.

He also said, we will march again. All over the country protest against the attack.

Nahid Islam made this call in his Facebook post on Monday (July 15) around 5:30 pm.

Nahid wrote in his Facebook post, 'No one should leave the campus area. We will march again. Protest all over the country against the attack. Everyone from Dhaka city come down. Hundreds of students are injured in Dhaka Medical. We need adequate treatment, blood and money. Help those who can. The call for the procession will come very soon.

After chasing the protesting students back and forth with the protesting students on Monday afternoon, the leaders and activists of the Chhatra League started beating the protesting students.

Due to this, the protesting students dispersed and hundreds of students were injured.

After that, when they were taken to the medical center, the BCL leaders and activists attacked them with batons. They kept throwing bricks at that time.

The agitating students gathered in front of Raju Bhaskarya of Dhaka University TSC at 12 noon on Monday to hold a protest march and rally to demand the withdrawal of the statement made by the Prime Minister at the press conference on Sunday (July 14) regarding the quota of freedom fighters in government jobs as 'insulting'.

At 3:30 pm, students of BUET, Eden College and other institutions staged an art gallery in front of the Raju Bhaskarjya, chanting slogans such as 'Kota Na Medha, I wanted rights, Razakar', 'Prime Minister's speech must be withdrawn', 'Tumi Ke Ami Ke, Razakar Razakar'.

Meanwhile, the Chhatra League also gathered in the area adjacent to the Madhur Canteen with the slogan 'Joy Bangla, Amar Sonar Banglaye, Razakarer Thai Nai'. 

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It is sad to hear the 'Razakar' slogan uttered by Rokeya Hall students: Prime Minister



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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that she was saddened to hear the slogans of Rokeya Hall students of Dhaka University.

She said that the girls of Rokeya Hall also said they are Razakars. It is hard to hear when they were chanting 'Razakar' slogans. Do they not know the history of this hall in 1971?

The Prime Minister said these things during the signing of the Annual Performance Agreement (APA) for the financial year 2024-25 and the presentation of the APA and Suddhachar Award at the Prime Minister's Office on Monday (July 15) at noon.

Expressing our pride in the liberation war, the head of government said, the implementation of the spirit of the liberation war is our only goal. Do the girls of Rokeya Hall know the history of this hall in 1971? What do the students know, what brutal torture was done by the Pakistani invaders if they were stopped! Dead bodies were lying on the streets at that time. These students have not seen them what lessons did they learn... Actually, because they don't know these things, the students are not ashamed to call themselves Razakars.

She said, I am not the Prime Minister, I am the daughter of Bangabandhu, the servant of the nation, I do my work that way. As we want to build a corruption-free society, officials should also look at this aspect. Where there is irregularity you will take appropriate action. The government is not condoning corruption to purify the society. Wherever it is, corruption is blamed on the government. But the anti-corruption campaign means the process will continue.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called for the implementation of the government's zero tolerance policy to fight corruption and said that whenever the Awami League formed the government, it has continuously undertaken necessary planning and structural reforms to build Bangabandhu's dream of Sonar Bangla.

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Chhatra League has taken to the streets to protect the spirit of liberation war: Inan



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There have been incidents of clashes, chases and counter-chases with BCL and students on the campus who are agitating for quota reform. In this regard, Sheikh Wali Asif Inan, the central general secretary of the organization, said that we are not on the road to attack BCL workers; we are on the road for the sake of Dhaka University. We have come down to protect the spirit of liberation war

He said this to reporters in front of Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor's residence on Monday (July 15) at 5 pm.

Inan said, these terrorists attacked at least 100 students of Dhaka University. They attacked the girls in disguise and tried to force them on others. We strongly condemn and protest against such despicable attempt .People came from different areas and protested the attack on common students of Dhaka University. All these are standing against the terrorists

He said, we have always said, we want a rationalized version of quota, we hope it will be a logical reform.

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The inexcusable audacity of claiming Razakar



Kabir Ahmed, Assistant Editor, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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'Who are you and who am I— Razakar Razakar'; At midnight, such slogans were raised in the country's campuses yesterday. Independent Bangladesh has been shamed again with incredible audacity. This has shamed them, whom we think of as the reservoir of a golden future; those students. Future Bangladesh is supposed to be in the hands of these young students, but they are openly shaking the country's education campus with anti-national slogans.

It is believed that it started from Dhaka University, the cradle of independence and various movements and struggles. After that slogans were raised in almost all campuses of the country including BUET, Chattogram University, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology. I think, such disgusting slogans have not been left out in any campus. So there is no reason to think of it as an over-enthusiastic, over-revolutionary slogan of any campus group. Rather, it is pre-planned and directed from the leadership of the student movement.

There is no room to take their 'royalty' claim lightly. Because with this one word, there is a history of the great Liberation War of Bangladesh and the dishonor of 30 lakh martyrs and violation of more than two lakh women. The Razakar tribes were the direct collaborators of the Pakistani genocide in Bangladesh in 1971. They were part of the genocide in Bangladesh on behalf of Pakistan. As Pakistanis were ideologically, so were their financial achievements. The Razakar clan has not apologized for its role in the 1970s, but has even taken pride in it from time to time.

Seventy-one-year-old Rajakars are still proud of their achievements. Leaders of other political parties, including the top leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, still openly say that it would be better if Pakistan existed. Ideological followers of this anti-national section, the successors still consider Pakistan as their country, which lags behind Bangladesh in various global indicators. They still follow Pakistan. From time to time, therefore, one sees from them the Liberation War, insulting the brave freedom fighters and martyrs, misleading comments about the number of martyrs in the genocide, and sarcasm against the intellectuals.

Unfortunately, there is no law in the country regarding the sarcasm of the Liberation War and heroic freedom fighters. Speaking insulting words about the Liberation War, no one has to face the law for any specific reason. While there has been a demand for a law called Genocide Denial Prevention Act for a long time in the country, but the Awami League, which claims to be the government of the Liberation War, is not paying attention to that demand. As a result, anyone can sneer at the liberation war in public meetings, public slogans, insult the brave freedom fighters, and shout slogans claiming to be 'Razakar' in the educational institutions of the country.

In the darkness of last night, the slogans raised by the protesting students demanding the abolition of quotas are audacious, it is a denial of 1971, it is an attempt to legitimize the Razakars, proven partners of the 1971 genocide. This attempt to glorify the hateful word Razakar is an unforgivable crime, as the word is directly associated with genocide, the group has been directly involved in the killing of 30 lakh people and the desecration of more than two lakh women.

It is being said that the students are demanding this 'Razakar' based on a comment of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. But let's see what the Prime Minister said? At the end of her visit to China, the Prime Minister answered a question from reporters at a press conference on Sunday, asking why there is so much anger about the freedom fighters, and said, "If the grandchildren of the freedom fighters don't get quota, will Razakar's grandchildren get quota?" That is my question. Question to the people of the country. The Prime Minister also said, "The country is free today because the freedom fighters did not eat but smeared the clay and fought to liberate the country." Today everyone is sitting in big positions. Otherwise, those Pakistanis would have had to walk by kicking their boots.

The Prime Minister has asked the right question for the countrymen. As a citizen, we also feel that the children of brave freedom fighters, not the children of Razakars, have priority to get jobs. The Razakars and their children and grandchildren who do not recognize the country, who still consider Pakistan as their own country rather than Bangladesh, do not have the right to get any privileges in Bangladesh. If they want to get something in Bangladesh, they have to accept the country first. But when they didn't do that, the state would keep privileges for them.

Although there are no laws, no rules, no guidelines to keep out the list of Razakars, their children and grandchildren from state benefits; there is a chance only for the brave freedom fighters, their children and grandchildren. After the 2018 quota reform movement, the government abolished the Beer Muktijodha quota. After that, the quota which was returned in the resolution of the writ of the High Court against that circular has also been suspended in the appeal of the state side after today's movement. The government is not strict about the quota, but the government also agrees with the demands of the agitators. In this situation, focusing on a comment of the Prime Minister, although this comment is not controversial, but analyzing it in a different way, the slogan given by the students claiming their 'Razakar', will complicate the whole issue.

Now, it has become imperative to publish the list of those who were directly or indirectly involved in the genocide of Pakistanis during the Liberation War. It has become necessary to decide on the state's position regarding the children and grandchildren of the Razakars.

"Razakar" is a hateful word. As no parent names their children as Mirzafar, most people are shy to make Razakar claim publicly. But the students have shown the courage to raise this slogan, which insists on glorifying this anti-national word. In the name of quota reform movement, they have brought forward their political aspirations, ideals. Although they are flying the national flag in rallies, wearing flags on their heads; But this is proven by the popular slogan 'Tumi Ke Ami Ke — Razakar Razakar'.

While demanding the cancellation of the freedom fighter quota, they are making fun of the liberation war, insulting the brave freedom fighters - these were initially thought of as isolated forms of the great movement, but after their 'royal' demands, the opportunity to see them simply like this has reduced. Not that it has singled out over-enthusiastic aliens on any one campus; it's no longer commonplace when the slogan has gone up on campuses across the country. Rather, it appears to be planned.

None of the youth of this generation are supposed to be 'Razakars', we are not sure if any of their ancestors were anti-national Razakars. However, they are claiming themselves as ideological followers of the 'Razakars' of the 1970s. No one calls them 'Razakar', but they themselves think and promote themselves as 'Razakar'. We force those who claim to be 'Razakar' or anti-national, but how can we say that we are in favor of Bangladesh?

The usual conflict returns, how will the state see the 'Razakar' and their ideological followers - the time has come to decide!

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