Sheikh Hasina’s policy of zero tolerance to terrorism

A role model for the rest of the world

Published : 11 Jul 2020 12:08 AM | Updated : 06 Sep 2020 03:09 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s zero tolerance policy against terrorism has been hailed by the governments, intelligence agencies and media all over the world. 

Following the government’s zero tolerance policy against terrorism and drugs, over the last few years, law enforcing agencies have been trying to destroy militancy with an iron-hand by conducting countrywide anti-militant drives and so far their efforts deserve plaudits.

Reports show that from 2013 to 2018, law enforcers conducted 93 anti-militancy drives aimed at eliminating militants and terrorists from the country. 

During the anti-militancy drive, 58 militants were killed and 265 terrorists were arrested. And thus Bangladesh has become a blazing instance to the rest of the world in curbing militancy and terrorism.

Since the Holey Artisan attack, we have seen some strong anti-militancy campaign around the country to curb the growing risks of militant attacks. 

Bangladesh has become a blazing 

instance to the rest of the world in 

curbing militancy and terrorism

Four years on, law enforcers now claim that militant groups have mostly been demolished, but fear of terror attacks continues to grow as terrorists are now being recruited through internet. 

Bangladesh has done a lot to counter extremists’ ideology in the physical space and now the country needs to counter that in virtual space too.

Killing in the name of Islam is an age-old phenomenon although Islam never supports terrorism and militancy. It is clear that as long as militancy is an ideological paradox and there are anti liberation forces, it would be a challenge to wipe out militancy from this soil.  

The war against terrorism is a form of asymmetric rivalry. The odds are in favor of terrorists. All they have to do is succeed once, no matter how many times they try. 

Hence, cross-sections of people including professional leaders and religious personalities should forge social resistance against terrorism and militancy. We all need to be vocal against terrorism and militancy to make the pertaining development sphere sustainable. We must work to free our society from the grip of drugs and militancy.