Staff Correspondent: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the countrymen to turn the grief of the loss of Bangabandhu into strength and engage themselves in building a non-communal, hunger-poverty free and prosperous Bangladesh by upholding Bangabandhu’s philosophy.
“Let’s turn our grief of losing Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib into our strength. Let’s build a non-communal, hunger-poverty-free prosperous Golden Bangladesh as dreamt by Father of the Nation through reflecting the glory and ideals of his long-struggling life in our actions; this should be our firm pledge on this National Mourning Day,” the Premier said in a message on the eve of the National Mourning Day and the 47th martyrdom anniversary of Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“… On this day in 1975, the Greatest Bangalee of all time, Father of the Nation and the then President Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with most of his family members was brutally assassinated,” she said.
Eighteen members of the Father of the Nation’s family including Bangamata Fazilatun Nesa Mujib, three sons–valiant Freedom Fighter Captain Sheikh Kamal, valiant Freedom Fighter Lieutenant Sheikh Jamal and 10-year old Sheikh Russel, two daughters-in-law Sultana Kamal and Rosy Jamal, brother valiant Freedom Fighter Sheikh Abu Naser, youth leader valiant Freedom Fighter Sheikh
Fazlul Haq Moni and his pregnant wife Arzu Moni, peasant leader valiant Freedom Fighter Abdur Rab Serniabat, his daughter Baby Serniabat, son Arif Serniabat, nephew journalist Shaheed Serniabat, grandson Sukanta Babu, and Abdul Nayeem Khan Rintu, among others, were assassinated by the heinous killers on that fateful night, she added.
President’s Military Secretary Brigadier General Jamil, and on duty ASI of Special Branch of Police Siddiqur Rahman were also murdered, she said.
Several members of a family died in the capital’s Mohammadpur area by artillery shells fired by the killers on the day, she added.
She recalled all the martyrs of the 15 August and prayed to the Almighty Allah for the salvation of their departed souls.
Under the visionary and strong leadership of the Father of the Nation, the Bangalee Nation broke the shackles of subjugation and snatched away the great Independence of the country, Sheikh Hasina continued.
The Premier went on saying that the anti-liberation clique killed Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib during the time when he was engaged in the struggle of building a Golden Bangladesh by reconstructing the war-ravaged country.
Through the murder of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib, the defeated forces of the Liberation War made ill-attempts to ruin the tradition, culture and advancement of the Bangalee Nation, she added.
The aim of the killers was to break the state structure of a secular democratic Bangladesh and foil the hard-earned Independence of the country, she said.
The anti-liberation forces involved in the carnage initiated the politics of killing, coup and conspiracy in the country right after the 15 August 1975, she mentioned.
They also impeded the trial of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib murder by promulgating Indemnity Ordinance, she said.
She further added that Ziaur Rahman illegally took over the state power; promulgated Martial Law; suspended democracy; tailored the Constitution; rewarded the killers and gave them jobs in the Bangladesh missions abroad.
He gave nationality to the anti-liberation war criminals; made them partners in the state power and rehabilitated them politically and socially, the Premier said.
The subsequent illegal military government and the BNP-Jamaat alliance government followed the same path, Sheikh Hasina said.
Bangladesh Awami League assumed the state power after 21 years, winning the general elections on June 12 in 1996, she said, adding:”We initiated the trial of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib murder.”
But the BNP-Jamaat alliance government stopped this trial after assuming to power in 2001 through conspiracy, she continued.
The countrymen elected Awami League to power again with a huge majority in the 9th parliamentary elections on 29 December 2008, she said.
“Overcoming the stalemates left by the previous BNP-Jamaat government and global economic recession, we put the country on a firm economic footing,” she added.
“During the past thirteen and a half years, we have achieved desired advancement in every sector,” she said, adding that during this period, Bangladesh has attained the status of a developing nation.
Bangladesh has become a ‘role model’ of socio-economic development in the world, she said.
“Our government has relentlessly been working to turn Bangladesh into a developed country by 2041,” the Premier mentioned.
“Thwarting all kinds of conspiracies, we have completed execution of the verdict of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman murder case,” she said.
She said that the nation got rid of the stigma through the execution of the verdict.
“Names of those who were behind the conspiracy to assassinate the Father of the Nation will also come out one day,” she hoped.
The trial of the killers of four national leaders has also been completed, the Premier said, adding that the verdicts of the cases against the war criminals of 1971 are being executed.
“Our government has been following ‘zero tolerance’ policy to uproot militancy-terrorism,” she continued.
The path of grabbing state power illegally and unconstitutionally has been stopped through the 15th amendment to the Constitution, she said.
Though the killers were able to murder Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib, they could not kill his dreams and ideals, she said.
But the anti-liberation communal groups and the anti-democracy forces are still hatching conspiracies by different means, she added.
Sheikh Hasina urged all to resist any conspiracy and ill-attempt by the evil forces to protect the continuation of democracy and development of the country.
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