We should drop the word 'martial law' from the military dictionary: Prime Minister

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called for the removal of the word 'martial law' from the 'military dictionary', saying it cannot bring any welfare to the country and the armed forces.

He said this at the Armed Forces Selection Board Meeting 2020 on Monday. The Prime Minister attended the virtual meeting from his official residence Ganabhaban in the morning.

Sheikh Hasina said, martial law cannot bring any welfare to the country and the armed forces without shedding blood. Therefore, we should drop the word 'martial law' from the 'military dictionary'.

Referring to the 19 Qs during Ziaur Rahman's military rule, he said that many military officers and soldiers were killed during that time.

During the military dictator Ziaur Rahman's tenure, so many officers and soldiers of the armed forces were killed that no such large number of soldiers were killed in the war. We (in the armed forces) don't want to hear the cries of any father who has lost a son or son who has lost a father.

After the August 15, 1975 massacre, the armed forces suffered the most from the series of QUs. In the name of these cues, many members of the armed forces who participated in our great liberation war were brutally killed.

Army and Air Force bleed the most and we have to hear the cries of many husbands, widows and parents who have lost sons. The prime minister reiterated his government's aim to modernize the armed forces and make them up-to-date.

Members of our armed forces are respected members of our family. They are symbols of our freedom and sovereignty.

It is our aim to make this force more modern and timely and we are working towards this goal.

In this context, the Prime Minister highlighted the various steps taken by his government. His government is working to make the armed forces better equipped to protect the country and protect its hard-earned independence and sovereignty.

Prime Minister's Security Adviser Major General (Retd.) Tariq Ahmed Siddique, Chief Secretary Dr. Ahmad Kaykaus and the Principal Staff Officer of the Armed Forces Department Lt. J. Mahfuzur Rahman and Prime Minister's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim were present.

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Shaheen Iqbal from Naval Headquarters and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat attended the ceremony from Air Force Headquarters.

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