Monday, 23 May, 2022
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PM for nurturing Liberation War spirit in building 'Golden Bangladesh'

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called upon all Bangladeshis to let's not divide themselves and nurture the spirit and ideals of the Liberation War and participate in building a hunger-poverty-free, self-confident and self-respecting 'Golden Bangladesh' as dreamt by Bangabandhu.

She said this in a message on the eve of the great Independence and National Day.

"Today is the great Independence and National Day. Bangladesh entered its 51st year after the golden jubilee of independence. On this auspicious occasion, I extend my sincere greetings and congratulations to all the Bangladeshi citizens living in the country and abroad," the Premier said.

She remembered with the most profound respect the greatest Bengali of all time, the great architect of Bangladesh, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, under whose firm and far-sighted leadership, Bangladesh got an independent state.
 

Sheikh Hasina remembered the four national leaders who steered the liberation war with their able guidance.

 
The debt of the blood of three million martyrs of the liberation war and the self-sacrifice of two hundred thousand mothers and sisters will never be repaid, she said.
 
The Prime Minister paid her deep respects to all the fearless freedom fighters, including the war-wounded.
 
"I am grateful to all the friendly countries, organisations, institutions, individuals, particularly to the then Prime Minister of India, Shrimati Indira Gandhi, for their generous support during the War of Liberation," she
said.
 
 "Although we officially made our debut as an independent nation on March 26, 1971, the young student leader Sheikh Mujib had dreamed of establishing a sovereign state in this land since the creation of Pakistan in 1947 based on religion at the key," she said, adding that Pakistanis' social, economic, and political discriminatory attitudes became clear day by day.
 
Sheikh Mujib remained steadfast in defending the rights and dignity of theBengalis in return for any sacrifice, she said.
 
She said the two organisations of his far-reaching thoughts are the ChhatraLeague and the Awami League, where he was deeply involved from their beginning until the end of his life.
 
From the language movement of '52 to the victory of the United Front election of '54, the anti-Ayub movement of '62, six points of '66, the mass upsurge of '69-- these two organisations had an immense role in the struggles, she continued.
 
The Prime Minister said in the face of public outrage, Ayub Khan was forced to repeal the ordinance on the Agartala conspiracy case.
 
 Sheikh Mujib became the beacon of hope and aspiration of Bengalis "Bangabandhu", she said.
 
She said on December 5, 1969, on the death anniversary of Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib declared, "From today, the name of this eastern country of Pakistan will be Bangladesh only instead of East Pakistan."
 
The Awami League, led by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib, won a single majority in the National Assembly of '70 elections. However, the Pak-military junta started procrastinating without transferring power, she mentioned.
 
Sheikh Mujib called for a non-cooperation movement and, in his historic speech on March 7, gave a clear outline of the goal of liberation from the long 23 years of rule and exploitation, she said.
 
On 23rd March, the flag emblazoned with the map of Bangladesh was hoisted all over the country, she added.
 
At midnight on March 25, Pakistani troops started killing unarmed Bengalis in the name of 'Operation Search Light', the Premier said.

She said Sheikh Mujib was arrested in the early hours of March 26. He made the official declaration of independence before being arrested.
 
Sheikh Hasina said the Bengali public leader was imprisoned in Mianwali jail in Pakistan and subjected to inhumane torture.
 
At the call of the Father of the Nation, the freedom-loving people of Bengal, inspired by the slogan 'Joy Bangla,' started fighting for the liberation of the motherland with whatever they had, she said.
 
On 17 April, the Mujibnagar government swore in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as President, Syed Nazrul Islam as Vice-President, Tajuddin Ahmad as Prime Minister, Captain M Mansur Ali and AHM Kamaruzzaman as Ministers, she said.

"Subsequently, to properly conduct the liberation war, the whole country was divided into 11 sectors, and commander-in-chief was appointed," she said, adding that after a long nine-month armed struggle, independent sovereign Bangladesh was liberated on 16th December.