People of all religious faiths will live together with equal right: PM

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Dhaka, Dec 16: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday reiterated her call to the countrymen to stay firm on non-communal spirit of the War of Liberation, saying people of all religious faiths will live in the country with equal right.

“All people in combine have made the country independent in exchange of their blood . . . Freedom of practicing religious ritual of each faith will be remained as we believe in this spirit and Islam also teaches us that lesson,” she said.

The premier was addressing a Victory Day discussion organized by Awami League at its central office in city’s Bangabandhu Avenue. She chaired the discussion joining virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban.

Sheikh Hasina said, “I will say that the people of all religions–Hindu, Muslim, Christian and Buddhist– will live in this soil that means we will not neglect other religions as majority Muslim.”

She also mentioned that “Our Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH) has given us that lesson.”

“I will tell all of you that any situation has to be tackled with patience. We will only think about how much we could contribute to the country rather than what others say and then we can make the right decision and do the right thing.”

She said intellectuals of the country were killed on the eve of the final victory in 1971 so nobody was remained to propel Bangladesh ahead.

Mentioning that she herself also lost near and dear ones in the war, the premier said that is why she gets pain from those who lost their relatives. “Many did not find the bodies of their near and dear ones after the killing of intellectuals that began from December 9 in 1971,” she added.

Again after the killing of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975 along with most of his family members, many leaders and activists of Awami League, Chhatra League and other organizations were killed whose bodies were also not found, she observed.

Sheikh Hasina added: “Tortured is still continued… we have witnessed arson attack, militancy, terrorism and others.”

Awami League (AL) General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, MP, gave the opening speech.

AL Presidium Members Begum Matia Chowdhury, MP, Dr. Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, MP, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, AL Joint Secretary and Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, Joint Secretary AF M Bahaiddin Nasim, Organizing Secretary Mirza Azam, MP, AL Central Committee Member Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya Bir Bikram, AL Dhaka South Unit President Abu Ahmed Mannafi and AL Dhaka North Unit President Sheikh Bazlur Rahman also spoke.

AL Publicity and Publication Secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap, MP, moderated the discussion from the Ganabhaban end.