‘Govt to formulate anti-terrorism Law’
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Agency

The home secretary, Abdul Karim, has said the government is going to formulate anti-terrorism act to check all kinds of terrorism in the country.

The home secretary told a day-long conference that the act of terrorism by the outlawed groups including Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh had reduced to a satisfactory level after the government had intensified extensive security campaign since January 11, 2007.

The conference on ‘Trend of Militancy in Bangladesh’, was organised by the Bangladesh Enterprise Institute. The BEI president, Farooq Sobhan, presided over the function while the director of the Counter Terrorism Intelligence Bureau, Brig General ATM Amin, was present. Academics, diplomats, religious leaders and politicians were present in the conference.

The BEI research assistant, Zohra Akhter, presented the keynote paper, based on reports published in the daily newspapers since August 2007 to January 2008. Abdul Karim observed that the trial processes of the outlawed those who attacked different places are now at final stage.

It is not quite true that most of the Islamic militants come from madrassahs as extreme outlawed could be emerge from different spectrum of the society, he added.

He called upon the religious leaders, imams, teachers, NGOs, and media people to come forward to cooperate the government’s efforts to make a true liberal democratic country by rooting out all sorts of terrorism.

Farooq Sobhan said the country’s militancy was dramatically dropped after the government had started a massive anti-terrorism campaign. As part of this, the BEI president said the country continued to remain democratic and moderate.

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