Ashraf for forging unity to protect minorities

Public Administration Minister and Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam on Friday urged all to forge a unity to protect the existence of ethnic minorities in Bangladesh.

"The survival of the ethnic groups is the existence of the nation," he said this while speaking at the biennial conference of Bangladesh Puja Celebration Council in capital's Dakeswari Temple.

The minister said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would not keep mum if minority people are tortured or harassed anyway, BSS reports.

"The government is trying to ensure the full safety for the minority people all over the country in many ways," he added.

The AL general secretary observed that he would not stay safe destroying the entity of ethnic groups from this territory.

Referring to arson attacks on them, he categorically said, "If anyone is tortured anywhere, the Sheikh Hasina's government will not sit idle."

Speaking on the occasion, former Railways Minister and AL Advisory Council member Suranjit Sengupta said the vested quarter destroyed the spirit of Liberation War by killing of Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975 but they failed to do so ultimately.

"Subsequently Awami League established a Secular Bangladesh," he added.

Puja Celebration Committee President Kajol Debnath chaired the programme. State Minister for Youth and Sports Dr Biren Siker, State Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Narayn Chandra Chanda , Swechchasebak League General Secretary Pankaj Debnath and General Secretary of Puja Celebration Committee Joyenta Kumar Deb, among others, were present.

source : the daily sun

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