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Sheikh Hasina is second to none: Rare achievements best suited to her

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  • 28th September, 2021 04:20:47 AM
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Sheikh Hasina is second to none: Rare achievements best suited to her

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Today (September 28, 2021) is the 75th birth anniversary of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. She has reached a unique height and stature in the politics of Bangladesh. She has bagged many rare achievements which others could not. Not only the politicians of Bangladesh but also those of other countries could not afford these successes. It will not be able for anybody to break her record in the future.

The success stories of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina are as follows:

1. Being at the helm of a party for 40 years: Sheikh Hasina has been leading Awami League for four strait decades. Apt leadership and political acumen have rendered her to be so popular that none of the party men thinks about her alternative. To be an undisputed leader is really a great success on the part of any politician. All leaders ranging from the grassroots to the central admit that the party is in super position due to her.

2. Serving the country as Prime Minister for more than 17 years:  Awami League government led by Sheikh Hasina is in power for 12 consecutive years. She has adorned the post of premier for 17 years so far. She was the first to form government in 1996.  The party came to power 21 years into assassination of its founder and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with most of his family members. She granted the party a rebirth. Awami League formed government after landslide victory in the parliamentary polls in 2008. Since then she is in power for three consecutive terms. Becoming head of state for three straight terms is rare incident in the world.

3. Economic development: One of the main achievements of Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina is securing unprecedented socioeconomic development of the country. When she took over as premier, Bangladesh was a lower income country. The country has qualified for LDC graduation due to her. In the short span of time, GDP and per capita income have jumped significantly and ahead of many South Asian countries. Now, Bangladesh is construed as the global role model. This impossible thing has been possible during Sheikh Hasina’s era.

4. Protecting respect & constructing Padma Bridge with internal resources: Sheikh Hasina has not only rendered Bangladesh as invincible and developed country but also put it in the highest place of respect. When World Bank refused to fund Padma Bridge on the false pretext of corruption, she rejected such allegation and announced to implement the project with internal resources. The bridge is visible now due to her bold stance.  Besides, the projects like metro-rail, elevated expressway and Karnaphuli tunnel have intensified dignity of the country being initiated by Sheikh Hasina.

5. Trial of war criminals: The most important success of Sheikh Hasina’s politics lies in punishing the notorious war criminals who opposed the country’s liberation war and served the purpose  of Pakistani occupation forces by committing mass-killing, genocide, rape, looting, arson attack and forced conversion in 1971. After coming to power through landslide victory in 2008, her government formed International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) to try the war criminals. Top leaders of anti-liberation organisation Jamaat and some stalwarts of BNP were brought to justice on charge of wartime crimes in line with her election manifesto. The government of Sheikh Hasina has set a rare example by providing the accused war criminals with right to self defence. Unlike the Nuremberg and other trials, Bangladesh allowed the war crimes convicts to file appeal with the Supreme Court challenging the trial court judgment. So, trying the war criminals following the touchstone method is rare achievement of Sheikh Hasina.    

6. Trial of perpetrators of Bangabandhu killing:  A group of disgruntled army officials teamed up with fickle-minded politicians, rebels and betrayers killed Bangabandhu who is proclaimer and architect of independent Bangladesh and the then head of state. By killing Bangabandhu along with most of his family members on August 15, 1975, the killers marked the nation with stigma. After coming to power in 1996, Sheikh Hasina’s government scrapped the infamous Indemnity Ordinance to pave the way for trial of Bangabandhu killers. The trial took a final shape after the party formed government achieving landslide victory in 2008. Although lower court awarded death sentence to 15 convicts in 1998, the High Court upheld capital punishment of 12 in 2001. The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court also upheld verdict of the High Court in 2010. The same year, five convicts namely Syed Farooq Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Bazlul Huda, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed, and Mohiuddin Ahmed were hanged. In April 2020, another convict, Capt (sacked) Abdul Majed was arrested and hanged. Sheikh Hasina relieved the nation of the stigma by bringing the Bangabandhu killers to book.

Many other achievements of Sheikh Hasina has placed her at a unique stature. From head of a state, she has become a global leader. She is expected to push the country to a new high in the days to come.