Oversee mosque building, check N’ganj-like fire incident: PM

Dhaka, Sept 04 – Describing the Narayanganj mosque blast as very tragic, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said it is essential to see whether mosques are constructed in the country maintaining proper designs and with permission from relevant authorities so that such incidents do not recur.“Now air-conditioners are being installed in mosques in an unplanned way or mosques are built anywhere [without planning]. It’s absolutely essential to see if the place is suitable to construct a structure or permission is taken from appropriate authorities or designs are formulated accordingly. Or else, such incidents might recur anytime,” she told Parliament.
The Prime Minister said this joining the discussion on a condolence motion moved in the House expressing profound shock at the demise of two MPs –-Advocate Sahara Khatun and Israfil Alam— as well as former President of India Pranab Mukherjee and some other personalities.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury moved the condolence motion at the beginning of the 9th session of Parliament. The House unanimously adopted the motion.
Sheikh Hasina said the government has already formed a committee to ascertain the reason why the deadly blast in the Naryanganj mosque took place.
“It’s being investigated to find out how and why this incident occurred. I would like to say it (the reason) will definitely be unearthed.” she added.
The Prime Minister said she has already instructed the Cabinet Secretary and the electricity and gas authorities to identify the reasons behind the incident.
She said the government has taken all the necessary measures for the treatment of those injured in the deadly blast.
She prayed for the salvation of the departed souls, expressed deep sympathy to the bereaved families and wished speedy recovery of the injured – UNB