Kamal refutes US security alert for Bangladesh


Dhaka, April 07: Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal today refuted the US security alert saying Bangladesh does not pose any security risk to anyone.“Our country is not a risky country,” he said replying to a query from newsmen on the sidelines of a police function at the Police Staff College at Mirpur in Dhaka, BSS reports.

Kamal said there was no such situation in Bangladesh which required any other country to issue security alerts for their nationals.

The US on Wednesday issued for its nationals a security alert fearing its nationals could be exposed to terrorist assaults in different countries including Bangladesh as the fallout of Christchurch attack in New Zealand.

Earlier, the minister addressed the inaugural function of a two-weeklong course titled ‘Transnational Crime: SAARC Perspective” for the senior police officials of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries at the Police Staff College in the city’s Mirpur area.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary and Public Security Division Secretary of the Home Ministry Mostafa Kamal Uddin addressed the function as special guests with Police Staff College Rector Rowshan Ara Begum in the chair.

Responding to a question on jailed BNP Chief Begum Khaleda Zia’s possible release on parole, Kamal said if any application is filed citing specific reasons for parole, the government would look into the legal matters of it for considering the prayer.

Speaking about the extremists, the minister said about 614 extremists will surrender on April 9 in Pabna. “If other extremists want to surrender, they will be provided legal assistance by the government,” he added.

IGP Javed Patwary said it is a big challenge for Bangladesh police to control the transnational crimes, including money laundering, terrorist activities and drug smuggling.

This course will help the police officials to acquire dynamic knowledge and work for controlling crimes in the future, he added.

A total of 20 senior police officials with rank of superintendent of police (SP), including 14 from Bangladesh, two from India, two from Bhutan and two from the Maldives, are taking part in the course.