Efforts on to elevate armed forces to int’l standard: PM
Published : Thursday, 18 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 137
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has the government is working relentlessly to elevate the armed forces' standard to international level to safeguard the national sovereignty.
She said this while addressing a programme, marking the 44th founding anniversary of the President Guard Regiment (PGR) at its headquarters at Dhaka Cantonment.
Sheikh Hasina said, "We are an independent country (and) the armed forces have been entrusted with the duty of protecting independence and sovereignty."
Prime Minister's Security Adviser Major General (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique, Navy Chief Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury, Air Chief Air Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat, PM's Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, Inspector General of Police Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary, President's Military Secretary Major General S M Shamim-Uz-Zaman, Prime Minister's Military Secretary Major General Mia Mohammad Zainul Abedin, PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim and senior civil and civil officials were present.
On her arrival at the PGR headquarters, the Prime Minister was received by army chief General Aziz Ahmed and PGR Commander Brigadier General Md Jahangir Alam.
A smartly turned out contingent of the unit presented state salute to the Prime Minister, who later exchanged pleasantries with all officers and junior commissioned officers. She also distributed donations and gifts among the relatives of the martyred PGR personnel, who sacrificed their lives while on duty.
Besides, construction of a 14-storied building for accommodating the Guards' families was also underway inside the cantonment and "it will be completed soon", Sheikh Hasina said.
The Prime Minister praised PGR's bravery, sincerity, professional excellence, honesty and dutifulness since its inception and congratulated the members of the elite unit on the occasion of its founding anniversary.
She also prayed for the martyrs of this regiment who lost their lives in discharging their duties, elevating the dignity and status of the unit, founded by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.