Dhaka, September 27: President M Abdul Hamid on Wednesday asked people of all religions to stand by Rohingyas and urged the national and international organisations to put pressure on Myanmar for their safe repatriation.
“Stand by Rohingyas . . . Extend the hand of cooperation to them in their tough time,” he said while addressing a function at Ramakrishna Math and Mission here on the occasion of Durga Puja, the greatest religious festival of the Hindu community.
Referring to the recent persecution on the Rohingyas in Myanmar, the President said lacs of Rohingyas, including Hindus, took shelter in Bangladesh territory being the worst victims of the brutal atrocities in Rakhine State.
“We have to be sympathetic to them (Rohingyas) . . . And all national and international organizations should come forward to ensure their safe repatriation to their homeland and establish their citizens’ rights,” Hamid said.
Terming Durga Puja a ‘universal festival’ of Bangladesh, President Hamid said many Hindus have failed to celebrate their Durga Puja festival this year in haor and some other areas across the country due to floods.
Noting that Bangladesh is a land of communal and inter-religion harmony where all religious festivals are being celebrated with festivity since long, the President mentioned that the spirit of all religions are almost the same and there is no discrimination and conflict there.
“But the understanding of religion by the people are the main problem and the whole mankind has to pay for this,” he observed.
The President said the nation has to be kept free from the unruly force of religious or social divisions for the welfare of the country and its people.
He added that all should contribute to advancing the country towards progress, avoiding communalism, religious militancy, intolerance and fundamentalism.
The government, he said, is trying its best to root out the militancy and terrorism from the country and it has already witnessed a success in this regard.
Earlier, President Hamid visited Dhakeshwari National Temple where he spoke at another function.
The President underscored the need for building a national consensus and solidarity to face the fanatic and militant forces.
State Minister for Youth & Sports Dr Biren Sikder, Mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation Syeed Khokan, Hazi Selim, MP, Kazi Feroz Rashid, MP, former MP Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin, leaders of Hindu community and secretaries concerned to the President accompanied the President during the visits to Dhakeswari Temple and Ramakrishna Mission.