Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday asked all not to magnify any incident that goes against any religion, rather look at the punitive measures that have been taken by the government.
“Do not magnify any incident that takes place in any area (of the country), rather I will request you to look at the punitive measures of the government against that incident,” she said.
The Prime Minister said this while speaking at a greetings exchange programme with the Hindu religious people of the country on the occasion of Durga Puja.
The programme was held at the premises of Dhakeshwari National Temple while the Prime Minister joined the programme virtually from her official residence--Ganabhaban.
Sheikh Hasina also sought cooperation from all including the Hindus to maintain communal harmony in the country.
“I will seek your cooperation in this regard and hope that you will cooperate,” she said.
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She said that the government always tries to uphold the non-communal spirit or secular character of the country and step forward towards prosperity maintaining that.
The Prime Minister again categorically warned that no one will be allowed to undermine anyone’s religious sentiment.
“No one will be allowed to say anything (derogatory) hitting others’ religious sentiment. This is applicable for any religion,” she said.
She said that religion is about one’s belief. “It is one’s belief on Allah or the Creator, we have to go with that belief.”
In this connection, she said that Islam is a very open and generous religion, and there are directives in Islam to show respect to all other religions.
She mentioned about Surah Kafirun where it is stated that every person will perform their respective religious rituals and people from all religions will enjoy equal rights. “And we believe that from our heart.”
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