Govt cautiously avoided provocations of war: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the government had acted cautiously in order to avert any kind of war with Myanmar, despite continuous provocations like airspace violations.

“Our nearest neighbour, at one point, showed such an attitude that they are ready for war. I alerted our army, border guards and police so that they must not get confused with any provocation as long as I don’t order them,” the premier said on Saturday while speaking at a reception accorded to her by Awami League at the VVIP lounge of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

PM Sheikh Hasina returned home in the morning wrapping up her three-week visit to the United States and the United Kingdom.

A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage landed at the Shahjalal Airport at 9:25am.

PM Sheikh Hasina said the Myanmar army was adamant to create a situation that will divert the global attention to another direction.

The premier also mentioned that there are various quarters in the country to instigate or create a situation to divert the situation to another way.

Prime Minister thanked the law enforcers, BGB and the army for having patience regarding the provocations.

Talking about the government’s position on the Rohingya exodus, the PM said Bangladesh has decided to shelter the forcefully displaced Myanmar nationals on humanitarian grounds, which has drawn the attention of the international community.

“Now everyone is sympathetic, everyone is extending their hands and everyone is coming forward to help the Rohingyas,” she said.

The Prime Minister, however, thanked the Myanmar government for coming forward to start the discussion after facing international pressure.

“There move for dialogue is noteworthy. There’s international pressure on them and we’ll solve the problem gradually,” the PM said.

The premier thanked the countrymen for their all-out support to the stance of the government for giving shelter to the Rohingya nationals.

Leaders, activists and supporters of the ruling party and its affiliate organisations, along with people from various quarters of life accorded to a warm reception to her.

Thousands of activists and supporters stood on both sides of roads wielding banners, festoons and placards from the airport to Ganobhaban to greet the Prime Minister.

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