News in Brief 30 September 2015 (PM)

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Sheikh Hasina. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Bangladesh maintains "zero-tolerance policy" to terrorism

Bangladesh has said it maintains a "zero-tolerance policy" to terrorism at home and abroad.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was speaking at the high-level debate of the UN General Assembly.

Speaking through an interpreter, she described how she herself was a victim of terrorism.

Her father, mother and three brothers were assassinated in 1975.

"My Government therefore, maintains a zero-tolerance policy to all forms of terrorism, violent extremism and radicalization. We are steadfast in tackling the extremists and anti-liberation forces who continue to remain active in destroying the democratic progressive and secular ethos of our nation."

"Crucial" to address root causes of terrorism

The President of Brunei Darussalam has said it's crucial that the international community works together to tackle terrorism and extremism.

Addressing the General Assembly, His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah reiterated his country's commitment to fighting extremists.

"It is crucial for us to address the root causes of terrorism and extremism in a comprehensive manner. We need to ensure that irresponsible parties do not exploit others’ despair and suffering to fuel their own extremist agendas."

Pakistan highlights largest anti-terrorism campaign

Meanwhile, speaking to the Assembly, the Prime Minister of Pakistan highlighted what he described as "the largest anti-terrorism campaign against terrorists anywhere."

The operation which is called Zarb-e-Azb involves over 180,000 members of the Pakistani security forces.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said his country was a "primary victim of terrorism.

"We have lost thousands of lives including civilians and soldiers to terrorist violence. The blood that has been shed – including that of our innocent children – has reinforced our resolve to eliminate this scourge from our society. We will fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, irrespective of who their sponsors are."

Prime Minister Sharif added that the global threat of terrorism cannot be defeated unless the underlying causes of poverty and ignorance were addressed.

Daniel Dickinson United Nations.

Duration: 2’27″

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