President, PM recall Mujibnagar Govt’s role to liberate country

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DHAKA : President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today recalled the able leadership, proper directives and war strategies of the Mujibnagar Government to take the 1971 Liberation War towards its successful culmination.

They came up with the observations in separate messages on the eve of historic Mujibnagar Day.

The President and the Prime Minister paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and four national leaders — Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, Captain M Mansur Ali and AHM Quamruzzaman — who led the Mujibnagar government.

They also recalled with gratitude the contribution of the martyrs, freedom fighters and organizers and supporters of the Liberation War.

In his message, President Abdul Hamid said the importance and role of the Mujibnagar government were immense in our Liberation War.

He said the Mujibnagar Government had discharged entire duties in leading the Liberation War, creating public opinion in fabour of newly independent Bangladesh in the world arena, managing the refugees, standing beside the war-torn countrymen and leading the wartime government.

“Able leadership, proper directives and war strategies of the Mujibnagar Government took the Liberation War towards successful culmination. Finally, after the nine-month bloodbath war, our awaited victory was achieved on December 16, 1971,” he said.

The independence is the greatest achievement of the nation, the President said calling for projecting correctly the history of the Liberation War.

He greeted the countrymen and all expatriate Bangladeshis on the occasion of Mujibnagar Day and hoped the observance of the day in a befitting manner will play an important role to make the new generation know the true history of the Liberation War.

In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina described the day as a red-letter day in the country’s history.

She said the Liberation War and running of a government got an institutional shape following taking oath of office of the government of Bangladesh on April 17 at the mango grove of Baidyanathtala in Meherpur district.

She said the independent People’s Republic of Bangladesh Government was formed on April 10 in 1971 comprising the elected representatives with Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as its President, Syed Nazrul Islam as Vice-President and Tajuddin Ahmed as Prime Minister.

Sheikh Hasina recalled that the Mujibnagar government had conducted the Liberation War efficiently for nine months keeping united the people irrespective of classes and professions including pro-liberation war political parties, armed forces, police and the then EPR while the final victory was achieved on December 16, 1971 with the help of allied forces.

She also recalled that after three years and six months, the anti-liberation reactionary forces killed the Father of the Nation along with most of his family members on August 15, 1975.

And after two and a half months on November 3, four national leaders, who led the Liberation War, were brutally killed in jail to destroy the Awami League leadership completely, she added.

The Prime Minister said the nation was relieved of the stigma with the execution of the verdict of Bangabandhu murder case while the trial of the murder cases of four national leaders has been held.

In this connection, she said the verdicts of the cases of war criminals are being executed.

“We have decided to observe March 25 as ‘Genocide Day’ commemorating atrocities of Pakistani occupation forces and their local collaborators that began on that day,” she said.

The Prime Minister said: “We have taken all-out initiatives to realize international recognition in this regard”.

She called upon all to work relentlessly imbued with the spirit of historic Mujibnagar Day to build a non-communal, hunger and poverty free, happy and prosperous country as dreamt by Bangabandhu.

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