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President, PM greet people on Victory Day

  • Issued separate messages 
  • Bangladesh is now marching on the path of democracy and development, says president 
  • The trial of war criminals continues, and the verdicts are being executed, says PM
Update : 15 Dec 2023, 10:14 PM

President Mohammed Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have extended their greetings and warm felicitations to the countrymen living at home and abroad on the occasion of the 53rd Victory Day.

""Today is 16 December. Our great Victory Day. On this day in 1971, we achieved our long-cherished victory after a long struggle and a nine-month bloody war. It gave us a sovereign country, independent nationhood, a sacred constitution, our own map and a red-green flag. On this jovial day, I extend my sincere felicitations and warm greetings to my fellow countrymen living at home and abroad," president said in a message issued on Friday. 

The head of the state recalled with profound respect the greatest Bangalee of all time Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman alongside paying deep homage to the valiant freedom fighters who made supreme sacrifice in the War of Liberation for the cause of the country's independence.

He remembered with gratitude the four national leaders, the heroic freedom fighters, two lakh oppressed women, the organizers and supporters of the Liberation War, foreign friends, war-wounded individuals and members of the martyrs' families including people of all walks of life who directly and indirectly contributed to the victory.

The nation recalls their contributions with utmost respect, he added.

Independence is the greatest achievement of the Bengali nation, he said, adding that in its backdrop, there was a prolonged history of deprivation, sanguinary struggle and supreme sacrifice of the country's people.

The dream journey of independence started with the great Language Movement in 1952, subsequently, came into reality on 26 March in 1971 through the proclamation of Independence by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, overcoming various ups and downs and staging long movements and agitation, he said.

The final victory was achieved under Bangabandhu's leadership and guidance on 16 December 1971 through a nine-month long armed war of liberation against Pakistani invading forces, he added.

The president said Bangabandhu's aim was to attain political sovereignty as well as people's economic emancipation.

Returning to the newly independent country from Pakistan's prison, keeping the aims of independence in mind, the Father of the Nation started his journey for achieving economic self-sufficiency by rebuilding the economy and infrastructure of the war-torn country, he said.

Bangabandhu called for an agricultural revolution and launched a movement against corruption, black marketers, profiteers and looters, he mentioned.

But the progress of democracy and development was halted after the brutal assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with his family members and relatives committed by anti-liberation forces on 15 August 1975, he said.

Consequently, the journey to democracy and development was obstructed while the autocratic and undemocratic government emerged, he said.

He said Bangladesh is now marching on the path of democracy and development.

Imbued with the spirit and values of our Liberation War and Independence, the Government is making relentless efforts to materialize the unfinished tasks of Bangabandhu, the head of the state added.

With the successful implementation of 'Vision 2021' announced by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh has now become a Middle Income country, he said.

In its continuation, 'Vision 2041' has been announced to turn Bangladesh into a developed and prosperous country, he added.

Despite various adversities, Bangladesh is achieving sustained economic growth continuously due to various welfare programs for mass people undertaken by the government, he said.

The country is advancing in every index of socio-economic development including health, education and women empowerment, he said.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in a message issued on Friday:"I extend my heartfelt greetings and congratulations to the countrymen on the occasion of the month of victory. I recall with deep gratitude the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman," the premier said in a message issued here on Friday.

"Today is the 16th of December, our great Victory Day. This is one of the most glorious days in the national life of Bangalees. Bangladesh has completed 52 years since her victory. Responding to the clarion call of the greatest Bangalee of all time, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Bangalee nation achieved ultimate victory on this day in 1971 after 23 years of intense political struggle and 9 months of blood-shedding War of Liberation," she said.

The premier paid her tributes to four national leaders, three million martyrs, two hundred thousand dishonoured women of the War of Liberation, and the greatest sons of the soil - the Freedom Fighters - whose supreme sacrifices gifted us an independent, sovereign Bangladesh.

She recalled with gratitude those foreign states and friends who had extended their support during the Liberation War.

Under the undaunted leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib, the Bangalee nation got prepared for independence through the Language Movement of 1948-'52, the Education Movement of 1962, the Six- Point Demand of 1966, the Eleven-Point Movement, and the Mass Upsurge of 1969, she said.

The Awami League secured an absolute majority in Pakistan in the general elections of 1970, she said, adding that however, Pakistanis did not allow the Bangalee nation to assume power.

The Father of the Nation realized that the oppression, persecution, and deprivation meted out to the Bangalee nation would not be ended without achieving independence, she said.

Accordingly, on the historic 7 March of 1971, in front of a million people at the then Race Course Maidan firmly pronounced, 'The struggle this time is a struggle for our emancipation, the struggle this time is a struggle for independence, she said, quoting Bangabandhu.

At the call of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib, a country-wide non-cooperation movement began, she said.

Preparation for waging an armed struggle also continued, she said, adding that on the fateful night of March 25 1971, the Pakistani occupation forces launched a brutal onslaught and committed genocide on the innocent and unarmed Bangalees.

In the early hours of March 26, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib declared the independence of Bangladesh, she said, adding that the formal War of Independence started.

The first government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, with Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as the President, Syed Nazrul Islam as the Vice President and Tajuddin Ahmad as the Prime Minister, was sworn in on April 17 at the historic Mujibnagar, she said.

Under the guidance of the Mujibnagar government, the valiant freedom fighters earned their ultimate victory on December 16 by defeating Pakistani occupation forces and their local collaborators, Razakar, Al Badr, and Al Shams, she added.

In just three and a half years of his government, the Father of the Nation rebuilt the war-ravaged country, Sheikh Hasina said, adding that destroyed roads, bridges, culverts, railways, and ports were rebuilt to revive the economy.

"In just 10 months, our constitution was drafted on the basis of the spirit of the Liberation War under his direction. In 1975, the GDP growth rate exceeded 9%. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib turned war-ravaged Bangladesh into a 'least developed' country," she continued.

While Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib was advancing to build an exploitation-deprivation-free, non- communal democratic 'Sonar Bangla' overcoming all obstacles, the anti-liberation forces brutally killed him along with most of his family members on August 15, 1975, she mentioned.

After the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib, the development and progress of Bangladesh came to a halt, she said.

The politics of killing, coups, and conspiracy started, the premier said, adding that the assassins and their accomplices promulgated the 'Indemnity Ordinance' to block the trial of this heinous murder in history.

After getting the public mandate in 1996, the Bangladesh Awami League formed the government after 21 years, she said.

"After assuming office, we took initiatives to establish Bangladesh as a dignified state in the comity of nations. Through the introduction of social safety net programs, poor and marginalized people are brought under government allowances. We made the country self-sufficient in food production, with special emphasis on agricultural production. The Ganges Water Sharing Treaty was signed with India in 1996. We signed the historic Peace Accord in 1997 with the aim of establishing peace in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. By repealing the 'Indemnity Ordinance' we started the trial of the Bangabandhu Murder Case," she said.

Forming governments for three consecutive terms since 2009, the Bangladesh Awami League has relentlessly been working for the last 15 years to improve the living standard of the people, said the PM..

"We are implementing the unfinished tasks of the Father of the Nation. Today, Bangladesh is self-reliant on food production. We are now focusing on ensuring nutrition for the people. Our sovereign rights over a vast area in the Bay of Bengal have been established through the peaceful settlement of maritime disputes with Myanmar and India. The implementation of the Bangladesh-India Land Boundary Agreement has put an end to the protracted, inhumane lives of the enclave people," she said.

The nation has become free from stigma by executing the verdict in the Bangabandhu murder case, she said, adding that the trial of four national leaders has been accomplished.

The trial of war criminals continues, and the verdicts are being executed, she said.

"We have formulated the Second Perspective Plan for 2021-2041 and are executing the 8th Five-Year Plan. We have started the implementation of the 100-year 'Delta Plan-2100' for the first time in the world. Today, the benefits of 'Digital Bangladesh' have been expanded from the urban to the remote rural level," she said.

The urban facilities are being delivered to every village, she said, adding that all landless and homeless people are being provided houses, said Sheikh Hasina.

"No one in Bangladesh will be left homeless. Cent percent of people have been brought under electricity coverage. Per capita income has increased to US$ 2,765 now from US$ 543 in 2005-06. We have made impressive progress in every sector of the country. Bangladesh is now a 'role model' in every field of socio-economic development, including agriculture, education, health, communication, information technology, industry, trade and commerce," the premier said.

The PM said Bangladesh has received the final approval of the United Nations to graduate from a least developed country to a dignified 'developing' nation.

"Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib elevated Bangladesh to a 'least developed' country, and we took the motherland to the row of a 'developing' state on the auspicious occasion of 'Mujib Year' and the Golden Jubilee of our victory. Everything we have achieved in the last 52 years since our independence has been attained by the Father of the Nation and the Awami League," she said.

"I firmly believe that if this trend of development continues, Bangladesh will be established as a hunger-poverty-free and developed-prosperous country by 2041, as dreamt by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib, InshaAllah," Sheikh Hasina hoped.

The establishment of the nation-state 'Bangladesh' through the victory of the War of Liberation on December 16, 1971, was the greatest achievement of the Bangalee nation, the prime minister said.

"To make this achievement meaningful, we have to know and let people know about the Greatest Hero of Independence, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib, and the War of Liberation. We will convey the spirit of the great liberation war from generation to generation; let this be our pledge on this victory day," she added.

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