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Religion-Based Politics

It created problem already

PM tells Sangsad

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Staff Correspondent

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in parliament yesterday that religion-based politics had already created a political problem in the country.
“It is only natural that the seed of communalism embedded in religious fanaticism will raise its ugly head,” Hasina said in a scripted reply in the House.
She said her government would not spare anyone who was involved in the heinous attacks on Buddhist temples and homes in Cox's Bazar and Chittagong.
“A total of 270 people were arrested after 19 cases were filed with different police stations in Cox's Bazar and Chittagong in connection with the destruction of Buddhist temples and homes,” said Hasina, who is the leader of the House.
The government acted quickly after the brutal attacks on the Buddhist temples and houses at Ramu, Ukhia and other places on September 29 and the following day.
Hasina, president of the ruling Awami League, said her party had always believed in a secular and non-communal political philosophy since its inception, and her government would not tolerate any activities that would destroy communal harmony.
She said work was underway to rebuild the damaged Buddhist temples and monasteries under the supervision of the army.
On the launch of fourth generation technology, she said her government had plans to launch 4G technology and give it to private mobile phone operators for the telecom sector's development.
The drafting of guidelines for giving 3G and 4G licences to private mobile operators was now at the final stage. It would be possible to give them 3G licences in the first quarter of the next year, she said.
The government planned to issue 4G licences immediately after providing 3G licences to private mobile operators, said the prime minister.

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