14 Aug 2022, 19:33

PM for building non-communal, poverty-free Bangladesh

DHAKA, Aug 14, 2022 (BSS)- 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 

"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 

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