Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has urged all to come forward for the welfare of the country with the spirit of liberation war.
“Let us engage ourselves for the welfare of the country. Let this be our vow on the Victory Day of 2017,” she said on Friday in her message on the occasion of the Victory Day.
“Today is the 16 December, the great Victory Day. This is the day of the greatest pride for the Bangalee nation. Responding to the clarion call of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the nation earned the ultimate victory on this day in 1971 after 23 years of intense political struggle and a nine-month bloody war against, the Pakistani occupation forces,” the prime minister added.
She extended her sincere greetings and warm felicitations to the countrymen at home and abroad on the occasion of the 47th Victory Day. On this day, she paid her deep homage to the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The PM recalled with gratitude the four national leaders and three million martyrs, who sacrificed their lives and two hundred thousand women who lost their innocence for the cause of our independence.
Bangalee nation got prepared for independence waging the Language Movement of 1952, the Education Movement of 1962, the Six-point Demand of 1966, 11-point Movement and the Mass Upsurge of 1969 under the undaunted and firm leadership of the Father of the Nation, she added.
“Awami League earned an overwhelming majority in the general elections of 1970 through which Bangalee nation’s aspiration for independence got legal basis. Bangabandhu realised that the oppression, persecution and deprivation meted out to the Bangalee nation would not be ended without achieving the independence,” Sheikh Hasina said.
Ultimately, on the historic 7 March of 1971, she said, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib in front of a million of people at the then Race Course Maidan declared that, “This time the struggle is for our freedom, this time the struggle is for the independence”.
Sheikh Hasina said, “Virtually, from that day, the final chapter had been started for achieving an independent Bangladesh, the country-wide non-cooperation movement had begun at the directives of Bangabandhu as part of the final preparations of the liberation War.”
On the fateful night of 25 March of 1971, she said, the Pakistani occupation forces launched a brutal onslaught and committed genocide on the innocent and unarmed Bangalees. The father of the nation declared independence of Bangladesh in the early hours of 26 March of 1971 resulting in the formal War of Independence, she added.
“On the 10 April of 1971, the proclamation of independence was announced by the elected people’s representatives and the first Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh was formed with father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, as the president, Syed Nazrul Islam as vice-president and Tajuddin Ahmed as prime minister,” she added.
“This government was sworn-in on 17 April of 1971 at the historic Mujibnagar in Meherpur and led the war of independence. Under the leadership of this government, the liberation war had gained momentum,” she said adding the heroic freedom fighters with the help of the allied forces earned the victory on 16 December of 1971 by defeating Pakistani occupation forces and their local collaborators Rajakars, Al-Badrs and Al-Shams.
“The nation ultimately earned an independent country, own national flag and national anthem. The heroism and patriotism of the Bangalee nation created a new history in the world,” she added.
As Bangabandhu had engaged himself in the struggle to build a “Golden Bengal” reconstructing the war-ravaged country, the anti-liberation forces in collusion with the war criminals assassinated Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib along with most of his family members, Sheikh Hasina added.
Through the heinous killings of 15 August 1975, they initiated the politics of killings, coup and conspiracy and obstructed the process to try the killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib through promulgating Indemnity Ordinance, she added.
“They ruined the democracy by declaring martial law and formed an illegal government. They distorted the glorious history of our independence. They defaced the constitution and gagged the press freedom. The BNP-Jamaat alliance government had followed the paths of their predecessors,” she said.
“Our government has relentlessly been working for the development of the country and its people as per its election pledges,” the prime minister added.
“Our government has been taking forward the country with immense developments in all sectors, including economy, agriculture, education, transport and communication, 1CT, infrastructure, power generation, rural economy and diplomatic relation and cooperation during the last nine years,” Sheikh Hasina said adding, “Bangladesh has already been elevated to a lower middle income country. In the index of economic progress, Bangladesh is one of the top five countries of the world.”
“The rate of poverty was reduced to 22 per cent. People’s income and purchasing capacity have substantially been raised. The per capita income has been raised to USD 1610. The foreign exchange reserve has now increased to USD 33 billion,” she added.
The prime minister said, “The construction work of metro-rail project has been started. We are constructing the Padma bridge with own fund. We have executed the verdict of the trial of the killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib establishing the rule of law. The verdicts of the trials of the war criminals are also being executed. The trials of war criminals will be continued as per our pledges to the nation.”
She said, “The historic 7 March Speech of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has been included in the international memory of the world register as World Documentary Heritage by UNESCO. This recognition of the 7 March Speech has made the whole nation proud once again.”
“We have peacefully resolved the land boundary problem with India. Disputes with India and Myanmar on maritime boundary have also been resolved. Bangladesh’s contribution to the various international forums for establishing global peace has been lauded,” she said adding the world is now acclaiming Bangladesh for attaining remarkable progress in socio-economic fronts.
All these were possible through continuation of the constitutional and democratic process, she added.
The PM said “We have been working relentlessly to build a hunger and poverty-free and a peaceful middle-income Bangladesh by 2021 and a developed and prosperous one by 2041. We are hopeful of building a Golden Bangladesh as dreamt by the father of the nation through implementing the Visions 2021 and 2041.”