'We have already made good progress in the journey towards Bangabandhu’s vision'
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said she was alive to finish the unfinished work of her father, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
"I have faced several blows in the past. Maybe there will be more but I don't care.I never care about death. I am alive to finish the unfinished work of my father, to bring smiles to the faces of the people, change their fate and give the country a dignified position in the world arena," she said, as quoted by UNB.
The prime minister made the comments inaugurating a blood donation drive organized by Bangladesh Krishak League at Bangabandhu Bhaban in Dhanmondi.
She added that Bangladesh could honour Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s memory by fulfilling his vision for a “Golden Bangladesh.”
“We have already made good progress in the journey towards Bangabandhu’s vision. We will be able to do this, I have that belief,” the prime minister added.
Sheikh Hasina, also chief of the ruling Awami League, sought the cooperation of the people to maintain the pace of development in the country.
"We want you to pray for us. The pace of development we have maintained must not slow. We can fulfill Bangabandhu’s dream of a 'Golden Bangladesh' by maintaining the pace of progress," she said.
The prime minister also said the souls of her father, mother, and millions of martyrs would finally be able to rest, as Bangladesh is now in a dignified position in the world, due to its eligibility for graduation to developing country status.
Recalling the horrific events of August 15, 1975, Sheikh Hasina said Bangabandhu’s killers had thought they would be able to eradicate Bangladesh by killing the Father of the Nation. “They (Bangabandhu’s killers) thought the Bangali nation would lose everything and the country would once again fall under Pakistani rule. They never had the spirit of the Liberation War.”
She added that the government has been able to bring some of Bangabandhu’s killers to justice, and was still pursuing others who are in hiding abroad.
Regarding the connection between Bangabandhu’s killers and former president and BNP founder Ziaur Rahman, the prime minister said: “The convicted killers mentioned that they had been in communication with Zia, and had informed him about the killing. Zia told them to go ahead, and saidhe was with them if they were successful.”
She added thatZiaur Rahman had awarded the killers by giving them appointments atvarious missions. "Why did he (Zia) give them awards? He was fully involved in the killing, that's why he gave them awards," she said.
Sheikh Hasina also said she regretted that Ziaur Rahman passed away before he could be brought to trial.
Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Health Minister Mohammad Nasim, and local MP Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh also spoke at the inauguration, with Krishak League President Motahar Hossain Molla in chair.