Source: Ittefaq Report
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have greeted all the people of the country in separate messages on the eve of the Independence Day on March 26.
In his message, President Hamid extended his heartfelt greetings and warm felicitations to the countrymen living at home and abroad on the eve of the Independence Day.
Recalling the architect of the country’s independence, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with profound respect, the President said. “I pay my deep homage to the martyrs and valiant sons of the soil who made the supreme sacrifice in the war of liberation.”
On the other hand, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday also conveyed her heartiest greetings to the countrymen as well as all expatriate Bangalees.
In her message, the Premier said, “March 26 is the day of earning self-identity of our nation. It’s the day of breaking the shackles of subjugation. On the eve of the Independence Day, I recall with deep gratitude the greatest Bangalee of all times, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, under whose undisputed leadership we earned our coveted independence.”
President Abdul Hamid also recalled with deep reverence the four national leaders, valiant freedom-fighters, organizers, supporters, foreign friends and people from all walks of life who made immense contributions to attain the people’s right to self-determination and the war of liberation.
He said the contributions of all would be written in golden letters in the history of our independence forever.
“We achieved our hard-earned independence through huge sacrifices. Bangabandhu always cherished a dream of building a happy and prosperous country along with achieving political emancipation,” added President Hamid.
The President reiterated that in pursuing the country’s diplomatic objectives, the government has been consistent in upholding the principle of “Friendship to all, malice towards none” as enunciated by the Father of the Nation.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, paid deep homage to the three million martyrs and 200,000 women who lost their honour in the War of Liberation.
“I also pay my tributes to four national leaders who steered the War of Liberation in the absence of Bangabandhu. My homage goes to the valiant freedom fighters, including the wounded ones. I extend my sympathies to those who had lost their near and dear ones and were subjected to brutal torture during the war,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina recalled with gratitude the country’s foreign friends who had extended their whole-hearted support and cooperation for the cause of the country’s liberation.
She said the independence earned through supreme sacrifices of millions of people is the greatest achievement of Bangalee nation.
The prime minister said to ensure that this achievement remains meaningful, all have to know the history of our great liberation war and retain the spirit of independence. The spirit of the liberation war has to be passed on to generation to generation.
“Being imbued with the spirit of the freedom struggle, the Awami League government has relentlessly been working to develop the country. We have been accomplishing the unfinished work of the Father of the Nation. We have achieved expected developments in every sector during last 10 years. Bangladesh has become the ‘Role Model’ of socio-economic development in the world,” she said.
“Let us uphold the development and democratic spree being imbued with the spirit of the freedom struggle. Let us engage ourselves in ensuring welfare of the nation. Let us build a hunger-poverty-free and happy-prosperous Sonar Bangladesh as dreamt by the Father of the Nation. On the historic day, let this be our commitment,” concluded the Premier.