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PM Hasina calls for building equality-based society

If sustainable peace prevails, the overall development of the country accelerate, says the premier 

Update : 24 Mar 2023, 07:17 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon all, including global people, to build a society based on equality and free from all kinds of discrimination and sectarianism.

"We follow Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's peace policy in running the country," she said in a message on the eve of the Genocide Day-2023.

The prime minister said: "We do not want war and conflict; killing men, women, and children dipped us in demise. We believe in peace. If sustainable peace prevails, the overall development of the country accelerates."

She said Awami League formed the government after being elected by popular mandate in 1996 after a long 21-year struggle, adding, "On October 5, 1998, we accessed the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. In 1997, we proposed a resolution on the Culture of Peace at the UN General Assembly, which was adopted in 1999. Accordingly, the United Nations declared 2000 as the 'International Year for the Culture of Peace' and 2001-2010 as the 'International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence.' We have been working tirelessly for more than fourteen years since 2008 to transform the fate of the people with their unwavering support in all elections."

In the meantime, Sheikh Hasina said, they tried the perpetrators of crimes against humanity and war criminals by establishing the International Crimes Tribunal.

"We ensured the people's right to vote through the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which also barred the illegal seizure of power. A book titled 'The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide' was published in 2013, where the brutality of genocide carried out by Pakistanis in Bangladesh was described as reported by Mr. Archer K. Blood, the then American Consul General in Dhaka to the State Department. We have recognized March 25 as 'Genocide Day. We have sheltered more than 1.1 million displaced Rohingya people who escaped with their lives from genocide in neighboring Myanmar," she said.

The premier said: "We are working on the principle of 'Zero Tolerance' to eradicate militancy and terrorism. We have already made Bangladesh a developing country. Bangladesh in 2041 will be 'Smart Bangladesh.' We are formulating and implementing the 'Bangladesh Delta Plan-2100': Future generations will be able to implement this plan with the amendment of their needs."

She said President Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Father of the Bengali nation, was released from solitary confinement in Pakistan, returned to his beloved independent motherland on January 10, 1972, and devoted himself to rebuilding the war-torn country.

With the help of the allies, though there was an empty treasury, he rehabilitated the displaced people, restored and developed the infrastructure, and put the production sector and the economy on a solid foundation, she said.

"In just three and a half years, the UN recognized the country as a Least Developed Country. But our misfortune is that the defeated anti-independence clique of '71 continues to conspire against him," Sheikh Hasina added.

On another mourning night on August 15, 1975, the incumbent President, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was martyred by brutal bullets along with his family members, she said.

The prime minister said the murderous Mostaq-Zia and their successors illegally seized power and established a dictatorship in the country and the BNP tarnished the proud history of the Bengali nation by placing the perpetrators of the infernal massacre on March 25, criminals against humanity and war criminals, and murderers of the Father of the Nation, in the government.

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