Islam doesn’t allow terrorism: Home Minister

Terming Bangladesh as a role model of curbing militancy and terrorism, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Tuesday said Islam does not allow terrorism and militancy, reports BSS.

“We have successfully controlled militancy following the zero tolerance policy set by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” he said while speaking as the chief guest at the closing ceremony of a two-day National Conference on Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism 2019 at Bashundhara International Convention Hall.

Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police organised the national conference in collaboration with Stop Violence Coalition Secretariat of UN, USAID and a non-government organisation Rupantar. Chaired by Chief of CTTC and Additional Commissioner of DMP Md Monirul Islam, the ceremony was also addressed, among others, by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Mohammad Javed Patwari and DMP Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam as special guests.

Bangladesh is the role model in the world for rooting out militancy, the home minister said, adding, “Our law enforcement agencies are working coordinately to curb extremism and militancy.” He said madrasas are not involved in producing militants because militancy has no place in Islam. “Peace loving people in this country never like militancy. It is not accepted that militancy and terrorism will exist in this peaceful country,” he added.

Mentioning that Bangladesh’s people do not give shelter to militancy, he said incidents of target killing took place in the country, but people resisted those incidents unitedly. “We have to engage our children in welfare activities so that they cannot get involved in extremism and violent activities,” the minister added.

He urged the people not to believe all internet contents. “We have to use our wit and knowledge to be sure which internet contents are believable not,” he added.