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Bangabandhu first realized Pakistan was not born to exist: PM

DHAKA, March 10, 2017 (BSS)- Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was the first among many Bengali politicians who realized that artificial state Pakistan was not born to exist.

"Pakistan was an artificial state of two far-flung nations founded on the basis of religion but having no similarity in their languages, cultures and behaviours. Artificially the two nations of about 1200-miles distance were connected. And, soon after creation of Pakistan, the rulers swooped attack on the language of the majority people, which led Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to realize that Pakistan was not born to exist", she said.

The Prime Minister was speaking at a seminar organized by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust marking Historic March 7 at city's Krishibid Institute auditorium here.

Sheikh Hasina said the call of Bangabandhu made on March 7, 1971 was the Charter of Independence of the Bengali nation and his well-thought out and sagacious steps and movements have given the nation status of a free nation.

The Prime Minister expressed her firm optimism that the historic speech of Bangabandhu would guide new generation to be imbued with hopes, aspirations and patriotism and thus they would remember the great leader forever.

Sheikh Hasina, also the chairperson of the Trust, presided over the seminar while chairman of Suchinta Foundation Mohammad A. Arafat and Dr. Zinat Huda, professor of Department of Sociology of Dhaka University, were present as discussants.

Dr Moshiur Rahman, professor of Department of Sociology of Dhaka University, presented the keynote paper on 'Bangabandur Bhashon: Rastro O Somaj Kathamo Poribortaner Dik Dorshan" (Bangabandhu's speech on March 7: A philosophy of Changing the State and Social Structure).

Member-secretary of the Trust Sheikh Hafizur Rahman gave the welcome address while its chief executive officer Mashrura Hossain gave vote of thanks.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said out of his realization of the necessity of establishing a separate state for Bengalis, Bangabandhu launched the language movement against the Pakistani rulers.

"It's very unfortunate that a vested quarter tried to hide his pioneering role in the language movement. Bangabandhu launched the language movement first in 1948, but they tried to make the history oblivious likewise the conspiracy of the post-1975 rulers to erase Bangabandhu's name from the history," Sheikh Hasina said.

As the daughter of Bangabandhu, Sheikh Hasina said, "We know it better how Bangabandhu made his efforts to liberate the nation. As a member of his family we could read his mind and realize his aptitude."

Many leaders advised Bangabandhu to boycott the 1970 general election as the Pakistani rulers imposed many conditions. But Bangabandhu didn't pay any heed to them and took part in the polls as he knew the possible outcome of the polls very well, Sheikh Hasina said adding that as a leader of the majority people, Bangabandhu never wanted to be the leader of separatists.

"Each and every step of Bangabandhu from taking part in the Jukta Front election to general election in 1970 was part of his thought-out plan to liberate the nation from the clutch of subjugation," the Prime Minister said.

Sheikh Hasina said the Pakistani rulers were locked in war with India in 1965 keeping Bengalis completely unprotected. After the war, Bangabandhu floated the six-point demand which enshrined internal and external security of the Bengali people, she added.

The Prime Minister said the Pakistanis always tried to harass Bengali people and in view of this they instigated riots between Bengalis and Biharis, Hindus and Muslims. But, she said, Bangabandhu came forward to stop the riots putting his life at risk to protect fraternity among people.

Being failed to stop him from his legitimate path, the rulers put him in jail repeatedly and finally implicated him in Agartala Conspiracy Case, Sheikh Hasina said.

The Prime Minister said the Pakistani rulers hatched conspiracies to hang him, she said. But, amidst united resistance of the people and the mass upsurge in 1969 they were compelled to release him from confinement, she added.

Sheikh Hasina said the historic speech of Bangabandhu remained banned for long since 1975. But the keenness and aptitude of new generation to know about the speech is very encouraging, which will keep Bangladesh in the heart of posterity forever, she added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)