Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi observed the historic Mujibnagar Day on Wednesday in a befitting manner.
On this day in 1971 the first government of independent Bangladesh was sworn in at Baidyanathtala (Mujibngar) in now-Meherpur district naming Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as the president, Syed Nazrul Islam as vice-president and Tajuddin Ahmad as the prime minister.Syed Nazrul was made acting president in absence of Bangabandhu who was arrested and jailed in a West Pakistan prison.
The significance of the role the provisional government of Bangladesh played in leading the nine-month War of Liberation and mobilising international opinion and support was discussed at a meeting held at the mission.
High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali, a freedom fighter diplomat, presided over the discussion meeting, said the High Commission.
“The Liberation War stands out as the most glorious chapter in the history of our independence struggle against Pakistan,” said the envoy.
“This has been our pride and I feel proud to be associated with this unforgettable part of our history,” he said.
Muazzem Ali paid tributes to Bangabandhu, the greatest Bangalee of all times, the four national leaders -- Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmad, Capt. Mansur Ali and AHM Kamruzzaman.The discussion was addressed among others by Brig Gen AK Mohammad Ziaur Rahman, defence adviser, Selim Jahangir, minister (consular), Jamal Uddin Ahmed, counsellor and Zakir Ahmed, first secretary.
The messages issued by President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the occasion of the Mujibnagar Day were read out respectively by Dr AKM Atiqul Haque, counsellor (commerce) and Shahed bin Aziz, first secretary.
A special prayer was offered for the progress and development of the country.