Prime Minister’s message on the National Mourning Day

সোমবার, আগস্ট ১৫, ২০২২,১১:৩২ পূর্বাহ্ণ

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given the following message on the occasion of the National Mourning Day and the 47th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman:

“The 15 August is our National Mourning Day. On this day in 1975, the Greatest Bangalee of all time, Father of the Nation, President Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with most of his family members was brutally assassinated.

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. President’s Military Secretary Brigadier General Jamil, and on duty ASI of Special Branch of Police Siddiqur Rahman were also murdered. Several members of a family died in the capital’s Mohammadpur area by artillery shells fired by the killers on the day. On this National Mourning Day, I humbly remember all the martyrs of the 15 August and pray 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 our great Independence. The anti-liberation clique killed Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib at a 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. The aim of the killers was to break the state structure of a secular democratic Bangladesh and foil our hard-earned Independence. 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. They also impeded the trial of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib murder by promulgating Indemnity Ordinance. 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 subsequent illegal military government and the BNP-Jamaat alliance government followed the same path.

Bangladesh Awami League assumed the state power after 21 years, winning the general elections on 12 June 1996. 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. The countrymen elected Awami League to power again with a huge majority in the 9th parliamentary elections on 29 December 2008. Overcoming the stalemates left by the previous BNP-Jamaat government and global economic recession, we put the country on a firm economic footing. During the past thirteen and a half years, we have achieved desired advancement in every sector. 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. Our government has relentlessly been working to turn Bangladesh into a developed country by 2041.

Thwarting all kinds of conspiracies, we have completed execution of the verdict of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman murder case. The nation got rid of the stigma through the execution of the verdict. Hopefully, names of those who were behind the conspiracy to assassinate the Father of the Nation will also come out one day. The trial of the killers of four national leaders has also been completed. 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. The path of grabbing state power illegally and unconstitutionally has been stopped through the 15th amendment to the Constitution.

Though the killers were able to murder Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib, they could not kill his dreams and ideals. But the anti-liberation communal groups and the anti-democracy forces have still been hatching conspiracies by different means. I urge all to resist any conspiracy and
ill-attempt by the evil forces to protect the continuation of democracy and development of the country

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 the 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.

Joi Bangla, Joi Bangabandhu

May Bangladesh Live Forever.”

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