Published: 04:10 PM, 18 June 2023 Last Update: 07:17 AM, 19 June 2023
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has made it clear that as an independent and sovereign country, Bangladesh will never bow down to any external interference.
"We'll not bow down to interferences of anyone. It is our decision," she said while addressing a special Darbar (assembly) arranged at her office in the capital, marking the 37th founding anniversary of the Special Security Force (SSF).
"We're an independent nation. We've achieved our country through a war," said Sheikh Hasina, mentioning that Bangladesh is an independent and sovereign country.
Bangladesh is following the foreign policy, framed by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, "Friendship to all and malice towards none," she said her government has been working to make friends with imperative ones and doing whatever is necessary to develop the country.
She said Bangladesh is progressing fast and will do further defying many obstacles and conspiracies.
Bangladesh faced obstacles and conspiracies time and again, but it has successfully overcome these, said the premier, adding, "So, still many obstacles and conspiracies continue. The reason is that when a country makes rapid progress, many may not tolerate it. So, they start making various disturbances."
"There is nothing to be unnerved with these (disturbances)," she said urging all the people of the country to move with self-confidence and self-esteem, keeping their heads high as an independent and victorious nation on the world stage.
Prime Minister's Principal Secretary M Tofazzel Hossain Miah was also present.
SSF Director General (DG) Major General Md Majibur Rahman, in his welcome speech, presented the different activities of the force.
At the outset of the ceremony, a video documentary on SSF and its activities was screened.
At the function, the prime minister unveiled the cover of a book titled " Durnitir Biruddye Bangabandhur Ukti" with 75 excerpts of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman compiled by SSF DG Major General Md Majibur Rahman.
On June 15 in 1986, the Presidential Security Force (PSF) was formed, which was later renamed as Special Security Force (SSF) in 1991 following the restoration of the parliamentary system of government in the country.
The force was originally intended to provide "physical security" both to the president wherever he may be and to VIPs, including any head of the state or government or any person declared to be a VIP by the government.
Following the restoration of the parliamentary system, its primary function is to protect the president, the prime minister and other VIPs.