A delegation of the Bangladesh’s top trade bodies at a meeting with Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on Sunday demanded of the government immediate all-out measures to eradicate militant activities, particularly terror bombings that they identified as a major threat to the economy. They stressed the need for a national consensus and asked the government to take initiatives to hold dialogues with all political parties to reach such a consensus on how to rout out the militants.
At the two and a half hour meeting at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), the country's apex business association, the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), submitted a nine-point proposal on combating terrorism to the premier.
She told the business delegation that her government, too, is worried over the prevailing situation, but not afraid. "The bombings are but desperate acts by some derailed and misguided people, who are alienated from the masses, to destabilize the country's present peaceful situation the meet.