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AL vows to materialise Bangabandhu’s dream
National Mourning Day observed
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

AL vows to materialise Bangabandhu’s dream

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, accompanied by her daughter Sayma Wazed, puts flower petals on the graves of her family members at Banani graveyard yesterday on the 44th anniversary of martyrdom of her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and other members of the family. PMO Photo

The Awami League (AL) vowed to realise Bangabandhu Mujibur Rahman's dream of building a 'Sonar Bangla', free from poverty and hunger, on the occasion of his 44th martyrdom anniversary and National Mourning Day, yesterday. After paying rich tributes to Bangabandhu and his family members, ruling party leaders said the government had been working relentlessly to turn his vision into reality.

AL general secretary Obaidul Quader yesterday told reporters that they had been working tirelessly to build a corruption-free country under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He was speaking after paying tributes to the family members of Bangabandhu in the Banani graveyard in the city.

“No obstacle will be able to thwart the country’s march towards progress. We'll continue to follow the ideology of Bangabandhu. On this day, it’s our pledge to build the ‘Sonar Bangla’ envisioned by Bangabandhu,” he said.

Replying to a question, Quader, who is also the road transport and bridges minister, said the government had strengthened its diplomatic and legal efforts to bring back Bangabandhu’s killers who were still on the run. “The murderers must be punished. We've already increased our legal and diplomatic efforts to bring back the fugitive killers of Bangabandhu,” he added.

On August 15, 1975, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman himself, his spouse Sheikh Fazilatun Nesa Mujib, his three sons—Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russell, and most of the family members of three of his close relatives were killed by a group of disgruntled Army personnel. However, Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana, the two daughters of Bangabandhu, survived the carnage as they were staying abroad at that time.

Also yesterday, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid homage to the architect of the independence by placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi Road No. 32 in the capital yesterday. A smartly turned out contingent of Bangladesh Armed Forces gave state salute to them, while the bugle played the tune of grief and somber to the last post.

Saima Wazed Hossain, daughter of Hasina, Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, Cabinet members, Prime Minister’s advisors, chiefs of three services, senior leaders of AL and 14-Party and senior government officials were present on the occasion.

Later, Sheikh Hasina, who is also the AL president, placed another wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu on behalf of her party. After that, Hasina and Saima Wazed Hossain visited the historic residence of Bangabandhu at Dhanmondi Road No. 32.

From Dhanmondi, the Prime Minister went to the Banani graveyard where her mother, brothers and other martyrs of August 15 were laid to eternal rest. She placed floral wreaths and spread flower petals on their graves. She also offered Fateha and doa seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of the martyrs. Prayers were also offered seeking continued peace, progress and prosperity of the nation.

Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, AL advisory council members and party presidium members were present on the occasion. Besides, AL joint secretaries, organising secretaries, Liberation War affairs minister AKM Mozammel Haque, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, agriculture minister Dr Abdur Razzaque, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, information minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, local government minister Tazul Islam, health minister Zahid Maleque, food minister Sadhan Chandra Mazumdar, Jatiya Sangsad chief whip Noor-e-Alam Chowdhury Liton, among others, were also present.

The Prime Minister’s security adviser Maj. Gen. (retd) Tariq Ahmed Siddiq, cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam, principal secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, principal coordinator on SDG Md Abul Kalam Azad, information secretary Abdul Malek, press Secretary Ihsanul Karim, PMO secretary Sajjadul Hassan, and high civil and military officials also attended the event.

After the programme, Hasina left for Tungipara, the ancestral home of Bangabandhu, by an Air Force helicopter.

President’s and PM’s messages on National Mourning Day

In his message, the President said: “On National Mourning Day, let’s translate our grief into strength. Let’s devote ourselves to building the Sonar Bangla envisioned by Bangabandhu.”

Terming Bangabandhu as a visionary leader and the prime mover of independence, Hamid said Bangabandhu had led the nation at every struggle and democratic movement.

“Though the assassins killed the Father of the Nation, they could not wipe out the principles and ideals of this great man,” he added.

“It’s our utmost responsibility to build our country a happy and prosperous one by completing the unfinished tasks of Bangabandhu. In this way, we can pay our tributes to the immortal soul of the soil,” said Hamid.

Prime Minister Hasina, in her message, said that Bangabandhu’s leadership inspired the Bangalee nation to snatch the shining sun of independence by breaking the shackles of subordination. “The Bangalee got an independent sovereign country, its own flag and national anthem,” she noted.

“On this day, I pray to the Almighty Allah for salvation of the departed souls of the Father of the Nation and all other martyrs of the 15th August,” she said.

She also said that the defeated forces of the Liberation War had tried to ruin the tradition, culture and advancement of the Bangalee Nation by killing Bangabandhu. “The aim of the killers was to break the state structure of secular democratic Bangladesh and foil our hard-earned independence,” she added.

Hasina said the killers had been able to assassinate Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, but they could not kill his dreams and ideals.  “Let’s turn the grief of the loss of Bangabandhu into strength and engage ourselves in building a non-communal, hunger- and poverty-free prosperous Bangladesh by upholding Bangabandhu’s philosophy. Let’s establish a Golden Bangladesh as dreamt by the Father of the Nation. This should be our solemn pledge on this day,” she asserted.

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