Referring to the attack on the members of the Hindu, Buddhist, Christian and Muslim communities at various places across the country in 2001 by the BNP-Jamaat alliance, Sheikh Hasina said, “People of all religions will live in the country with equal rights.”

Spelling out various steps taken by her government for the welfare of the Christian community, the premier said they had formed the Christian Welfare Fund, the premier said, “We have given Taka 5 crore as seed money to the welfare trust.”

The premier said, “We have only one target to give the people a developed and prosperous country as the Father of the Nation had shed blood for the welfare of the people.”

At the function, Christmas carols and patriotic songs were performed by the members of the Christian community.

Archbishop of Dhaka Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario and President of Bangladesh Christian Association Nirmal Rozario jointly handed over the Christmas greeting card to the Prime Minister.

Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario, who also holds the highest rank in the Roman Catholic Church in Bangladesh, vice presidents of Bangladesh Christian Association Advocate Gloria Jharna Sarker, MP, and Jewel Aarong, MP, and General Secretary of Bangladesh Christian League Daniel Nirmal D’ Costa, among others, spoke on the occasion.

President of Bangladesh Christian Association Nirmal Rozario presided over the function which was moderated by William Proloy Samadder.

BSS/AHJ/BR/1935 hrs