Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has announced an effort to dispel the stigma of narcotics from the resort town of Cox’s Bazar.
“We must put an end to this and ensure that all those involved in smuggling are punished.”
The prime minister flew to Cox’s Bazar on Saturday, aboard Biman Bangladesh Airlines’ Boeing flight to attend the opening of a number of projects in the area, including an extended airport runway and a marine drive.
Awami League’s Cox’s Bazar MP Abdur Rahman Badi is accused of having connections to the yaba trade. His name even appeared in a Department of Narcotics Control report a few years ago.
Badi has consistently denied the allegations.
“We only want one thing,” said Hasina. “We must stand against terrorism and we must stand against narcotics.”
Hasina urged teachers and guardians to stand against the menace.
On Saturday, Hasina attended the rally at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium to inaugurate five projects and lay the foundation for eight others.
The prime minister also highlighted several development projects her administration had undertaken in Cox’s Bazar.
“I didn’t come empty-handed,” she said. “I came with gifts.”
The prime minister announced plans to open Cox’s Bazar airport to international flights. She also spoke of plans for a rail line from Chittagong to Cox’s Bazar and a four-lane highway.
“We hope to turn Cox’s Bazar into an international tourist destination,” said Hasina.
Four power plants are to be built in Moheshkhali, said Hasina. She also hopes to declare the island a ‘digital upazila’. The prime minister also spoke of constructing a deep-sea port in Sonadia.