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Host country’s security to be reviewed before sending cricketers: PM

Published : Sunday, 17 March, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 959

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said in future Bangladesh will review security measures of the host country before sending the national cricket team there.
"Bangladesh always gives the highest priority to security whenever any foreign cricket team comes to play here. So, we also will send our cricket team abroad after examining and reviewing the security measures of the country" she added.
The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating the four-lane second Kanchpur Bridge on the river Shitalakkhya, four-lane flyover at Bhulta and a railway overpass at Latifpur on Dhaka-Sylhet Highway through videoconference from her official residence Ganobhaban in the city.
The Prime Minister's comments came as some players of the national cricket team narrowly escaped a deadly shooting incident in a mosque at Christchurch in New Zealand that left 49 devotees dead including three Bangladeshi and injured dozens of others.
"Our cricket players were supposed to go to that mosque, they went there, but on their way an injured woman did not let them enter the mosque and the cricket players escaped," she said.
Condemning the hatred, terrorist and militant attacks in New Zealand, Sheikh Hasina said that there is nothing more heinous than killing people while they are performing their prayers.
"I hope that the world community will not only condemn this incident, but also take steps to eliminate militancy and terrorism forever," she said.
The Prime Minister said she always believes that militants and terrorists have no religion, country or nation. "They are just terrorists actions will have to be taken against them considering them as terrorists," she added.
She mentioned that Bangladesh with its hectic efforts managed to protect the county from militancy and terrorism although many people raise many types of questions. "Militancy and terrorism could never bring any welfare to anyone except bad things," she said.
Talking about religious freedom, Sheikh Hasina said that it is the right of all people and Bangladesh has established the rights for all appropriately.
"People from all faiths can perform their respective religions freely here," she said.
Media reports said the shooting at two crowded mosques during Friday prayers in Christchurch left at least 49 dead and many others injured.
Forty-one of those slain were at the Masjid al Noor in central Christchurch, police said, adding seven more were killed at the Linwood Ave mosque, three of them outside of the building.

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