16 Apr 2024, 17:07

President for united efforts to build 'Smart Bangladesh'

DHAKA, April 16, 2024 (BSS) - President Mohammed Shahabuddin today urged the 
countrymen to work together for building a non-communal, hunger and poverty-
free, developed and prosperous 'Sonar Bangla' as dreamt by Father of the 
Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

In a message on the eve of the historic 'Mujibnagar Day', the President 
extended his heartiest greetings and congratulations to the countrymen and 
all Bangladeshis staying abroad.

He said April 17 is a memorable day in the long path of struggle for 
Independence of the Bangalee Nation.

On this auspicious occasion, he recalled with profound respect the greatest 
Bangalee of all time, architect of the great independence the Father of the 
Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, four national leaders -- Syed 
Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, Captain M Mansur Ali and AHM Qamruzzaman -- 
under whose strong leadership the country's great independence was achieved 
through the nine-month-long bloody War of Liberation.

Mohammed Shahabuddin also recalled with deep respect the three million 
valiant freedom fighters who laid down their lives in the Liberation War, war 
heroines, martyred intellectuals and the people of all strata and foreign 
friends who joined and extended support to the war.

He said the journey of struggle for freedom against Pakistani occupational 
forces, which began through Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's historic 
March 7 speech, had got the institutional shape with the formation of 
Mujibnagar Government on April 10 in 1971.

The first government of independent and sovereign People's Republic of 
Bangladesh had taken oath on April 17 in 1971 at a mango orchard at 
Baidyanathtala in the then Meherpur sub-division.

With the formation of the Mujibnagar Government, a constitutional government 
had appeared to administer the Liberation War under the leadership of the 
representatives elected by the people in the 1970 election, he said.

Because of the formation of the government, the President said the world 
community extended their support and hands of cooperation to the Bangalees 
who were fighting an armed battle for independence.

He said the role that the Mujibnagar government played in building public 
opinion, refugee management and formulating war strategies will remain as a 
unique chapter of glory in the history of the Bangalees' struggle for 

He also urged the countrymen to work from their respective position to build 
a 'Smart Bangladesh' as planned by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The President expressed his optimism that through observance of the 
Mujibnagar Day, the new generation would be able to know the country's true 
history and would be encouraged them in building a prosperous country.

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