Dhaka – President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday called all national and international agencies to work for safe and dignified repatriation of Rohingya Muslims who crossed into Bangladesh in their hundreds and thousands to flee violence in Myanmar.
Bangladesh is sympathized to the persecuted Muslims from neighbouring country.
“All national and international organizations should come forward to ensure their safe repatriation and establish their citizens’ rights back home,” the President said addressing a gathering at Ramakrishna Math and Mission on the occasion of Hindus’ biggest religious festival, Durga Puja.
He said people from all faiths should stand by these people and national and international organizations must put pressure on Myanmar so that they can get back to their homes early.
Nearly 500,000 Rohingya Muslims crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar army launched crackdown on suspected Rohingya Muslims blamed for attacks on security posts on August 25.
The army is accused of setting fire to Muslims villages and killing them that caused the mass exodus from Myanmar’s Rakhine state. They were also accused of rape – an allegation the army brushed aside.
The President greeted the Hindu community on the occasion of the festival saying Durga Puja is a ‘universal festival’.
He regretted that many Hindus could not properly celebrate the festival this year in haor and some other areas across the country due to floods.
Bangladesh is a land of communal and inter-religion harmony where all religious festivals are being celebrated with festivity since long time, the President said.
The spirit of all religions is almost the same and there is no discrimination and conflict over them.
“But the understanding of religion by the people are the main problem and the whole mankind has to pay for this,” he was quoted to have said by the state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha.