DHAKA, Jan 10, 2017 (BSS)- Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today expressed her firm optimism that Bangladesh would celebrate the golden jubilee of independence in 2021 as a prosperous and developed nation as envisioned by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
"The Father of the Nation is no more amongst us. But he has given us freedom and directives to build up Bangladesh as a developed and prosperous country. Every village of Bangladesh would flourish as town and whole Bangladesh would be a developed one country . . . and it's our clear goal," she said.
The prime minister was addressing a big rally organized by Bangladesh Awami League at Suharawardy Udyan marking the Bangabandhu's Homecoming Day, commemorating return of the Father of the Nation to independent Bangladesh following his release from Pakistan jail in 1972.
"We will build Bangladesh as a hunger and poverty free nation as dreamt by Bangabandhu. It's our pledge on this great day," the prime minister said.
Sheikh Hasina, also the president of the party, said people of the country are living in peace and comfort. They are now dreaming of a beautiful life. But, it's unfortunate that Khaleda Zia feels heartburn when people live in peace.
Sheikh Hasina reiterated that Bangladesh would not be a place for militants and terrorists. She urged upon the people of every section of the society including religious leaders, teachers and guardians to build up united resistance against the militancy and educate everybody to remain in the path of peace.
In this regard, the premier said Islam is the religion of peace and harmony. "Islam never teaches killing people as Allah is the supreme adjudicator and He would judge the good and bad deeds of mankind."
Sheikh Hasina said suicide is a great sin in Islam. But those, who are unleashing terrorism in the name of religion, are encouraging suicide as the best way to go to haven. "Rather they would go to hell as Islam never permits homicide or suicide," she said, adding that people of this country irrespective of their religion would perform their rites peacefully.
Presidium member of the party Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, advisory council members Amir Hossain Amu and Tofail Ahmed, presidium members Begum Matia Chowdhury and Mohammad Nasim, general secretary Obaidul Kader, organizing secretary Bahauddin Nasim, relief and social welfare secretary Sujit Roy Nandi and mayors of Dhaka Anisul Haq and Sayeed Khokan, spoke, among others, at the rally conducted by publicity secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud.
Pointing out the significance of the day in the nation's history, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on this day, people of Bangladesh got back their leader who inspired them for liberation. Yahiya Khan hatched all conspiracy to hang him up, but was forced to set him free amidst pressure of the international community and 'doa' of his people, she said.
Sheikh Hasina said after returning home Bangabandhu revealed his vision to build up Bangladesh as per his dream and devoted himself to rebuilding war-ravaged Bangladesh.
Under the leadership of Bangabandhu, she said, Bangladesh for the first time achieved 7.5 percent growth rate and people of the country started dreaming of a bright future. But the anti-liberation forces did not allow this to happen.
Sheikh Hasina said anti-liberation forces grasped state power after the killing of Bangabandhu, who had initiated trial of many war criminals. But, Ziaur Rahman freed them after taking over power making many of them advisors and ministers of his cabinet. Their induction in the state power halted the nation's progress, she said.
Referring to the repeated coup attempts against Ziaur Rahman, the prime minister said people had no right to move freely as they experienced as many as 17 coups. The country was run under curfew. Students were used as hired goons and gangsters while leaders and workers of Awami League were killed indiscriminately.
"Post '75 rulers could not accept the freedom of the nation which they earned through huge sacrifice of blood. So they didn't want emergence of the people of the country as a dignified nation," she said adding that post '75 rulers destroyed the dream of Bangabandhu and always looked to Pakistan to stay in power.
"Bangladesh would have emerged as a developed country much before if Bangabandhu was alive," Sheikh Hasina said adding that the killers even tried to erase his name from the history and people's heart, which they could not through their constant stride for 21 years.
Sheikh Hasina said the present government is running the country according to the ideals of Bangabandhu. The government is making endevour to ensure food security of the people, their access to safe shelter, health and education and technology, she said.
The prime minister said her government assumed power in 2009 amidst many challenges as previous government left the country ruined in all sectors. Now the country is self reliant in food production and there is no crisis of electricity. Terrorism has been contained with strong hand, she said.
In this regard, the prime minister referred to the destructive political campaign of BNP and Jammat to thwart trial of war criminals in 2013, to halt national election in 2014 and oust the government in 2015.
As many as 231 innocent people including 23 members of law enforcement agencies were killed in arson attacks at the directive of BNP Chairperson while thousands of people sustained burn injuries. They spared none, and even the mosques came under their attacks and copies of holy Quran were burnt, she said.
Khaleda Zia stopped her vengeance when people of the country started resistance, the prime minister said adding that their demands for democratic rights don't suit their actions. Rather, one day their trial would be held for killing innocent people, she added. "People are not ready to learn democracy from a killer," she said.
Sheikh Hasina criticized Khaleda Zia for not attending court in connection with the case filed against her on charge of misappropriating orphans' money. "How a leader, if she is honest, is afraid of appearing in the court," she asked saying her dillydallying approach exposed her link with plundering of orphans' money.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)