Vol. 5 Num 611 Thu. February 16, 2006  
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Govt firm to maintain peace, says Khaleda

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday categorically said those responsible for any injudicious activities will be dealt with a strong hand, assuring that her government is working firmly to maintain peace and security in all spheres of society.

The prime minister made the strongly worded statement while addressing the national conference 2006 of the Council for Interfaith Harmony, Bangladesh (CIH, BD) at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre (BCFCC).

"Bangladesh shall move forward with firm footsteps in its journey of peace by joining the international cavalcade against subversion and terrorism. We consider our duties towards our citizens as our sacred trust. There is no scope for backtracking on this responsibility," she told the function, first of its kind in Bangladesh.

The prime minister urged country's religious leaders to play an ever-vigilant role in maintaining communal harmony in the country, saying that the government will remain beside them in any noble endeavour.

She hoped that the Council for Interfaith Harmony would soon become a platform for all religious communities of Bangladesh. "Please use this organisation as an excellent opportunity for knowing and understanding yourselves and for coming closer to each other," she noted.

The function began with recitation from holy books of four major religionsthe Quran, the Geeta, the Tripitak and the Bible--with their translations.

CIH, BD has formed its national committee while its district and upazila committees will also be formed in the future, it was informed. The forum was formed aiming to maintain communal harmony and peace among people of all faiths in Bangladesh.

Ministers, MPs, diplomats, followers of four major religionsIslam, Hinduism, Christianity and Buddhismfrom various parts of the country and distinguished personalities were present at the function.

Expressing satisfaction for holding such union and conference, the religious leaders of the four faiths in their deliberations called for maintaining peace and harmony, ensuring welfare of people belonging to all castes and creeds.

Rejecting false propaganda abroad by vested quarters against communal harmony, they unanimously said communal harmony is prevailing in Bangladesh with people of all faiths living together peacefully as well as performing their respective religious rituals and festivals.

Chaired by CIH,BD Chairman Shah Abdul Hannan. State Minister for Religious Affairs Mosharref Hossain Shajahan, Khatib of Baitul Mokkaram National Mosque Maulana Obaidul Huq, Sangharaj Dharma Sen Mohathero, Kantibandhu Brammachari, Arch Bishop Paulanius Costa, Sudhananada Mohathero, president of Bangladesh Bouddha Kristi Prochar Sangha, presidium members of CIH BD Prof Paresh Chandra Mandal, Prof Sukomal Barua, Dr Tapan De Rojario and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad also spoke at the function.