Bangladesh, US to devise counter terrorism strategy, THE NEWS TODAY, Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Date: 30 November 2010


Bangladesh, US to devise counter terrorism strategy

Parliament members, academics, civil society representatives as well as military officials and security experts from Bangladesh and the United States sat together in the city to devise a comprehensive national counter terrorism strategy for Bangladesh, reports BSS.

The two-day brainstorming workshop began at the Bangladesh Enterprises Institute (BEI) as Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Dr Gowher Rizvi kicked the programme off through a simple ceremony on Monday.

BEI president Farooq Sobhan chaired the inaugural session.

“Bangladesh is a victim of both domestic and international terrorism. So wee need a counter terrorism policy and strategy,” observed the Advisor while speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural function of the programme, also attended by journalists and social elite.

Gowher said none of the terrorists-both local and foreign— would have any space in the soil of Bangladesh as the people in general as well as the present government have strong reservation against any sort of terrorism that might affect Bangladesh and other    boundaries. He urged all to come forward to fight the menace of terrorism in south Asia.

The Advisor called for further strengthening the civil- military relationship to deter recurrence of acts of terrorism and bolster the disaster management efforts in Bangladesh. In this context, he said, the independence of the country was the result of a strong relationship between civilians and the military.
The US Ambassador to Bangladesh James F Moriarty said the good relationship and counter terrorism policies could not alone root out the terrorism unless those are backed by effective measures. The US, he said, would stand beside Bangladesh in its all efforts to root out terrorism.

The visiting US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alyssa Ayres appreciated the counter – terrorism efforts taken by Bangladesh and said the measures seemed brought tangible results at home and in the region as well. She also lauded the role of the government and others to keep Bangladesh ‘a peaceful’ nation.

BEI sources said four thematic papers— two each from Bangladesh and the US—will be presented in the workshop for discussion. The programme is expected to dwell on different aspects of terrorism and security aspects, leading to a actionable recommendations for future actions.