DHAKA, Dec 15, 2016 (BSS) - President Abdul Hamid has extended heartfelt greetings and warm felicitations to the countrymen at home and abroad on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the Victory Day.
"Today is 16th December, the Great Victory Day. Responding to the call of the greatest Bangalee of all time, the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Bangalee nation achieved the ultimate victory on this day in 1971 after a 23-year intense political struggle and a 9-month bloody war against the Pakistani occupation forces," the President said in a message on the eve of the victory day.
"On this glorious day, I pay my deep homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. I recall with gratitude the four national leaders, and three million martyrs, who sacrificed their lives and two hundred thousand women, who lost their innocence for the cause of our independence," said the President.
He said Bangalee nation got prepared for independence waging the Language Movement of 1952, the Education Movement of 1962, the 6-point Demand of 1966, 11-point Movement and the Mass Upsurge of 1969 under the undaunted leadership of the Father of the Nation.
President Hamid said Awami League earned an overwhelming majority in the general elections of 1970 through which Bangalee nation's aspiration for independence got legal basis, Bangbandhu realised that the oppression, persecution and deprivation meted out to the Bangalee nation would not be ended without achieving the independence.
Ultimately, on the historic 7th March of 1971, Bangabandhu in front of a million of people at the then Race Course Maidan declared that, "This time the struggle is for our freedom, this time the struggle is for the independence", he said.
"Virtually, from that day the final phase had begun for achieving an independent Bangladesh. The countrywide non-cooperation movement commenced at the directives of Bangabandhu as part of the final preparations of the Liberation War," the President added.
On the fateful night of the 25th March of 1971, the Pakistani occupation forces launched a brutal onslaught and massacred the innocent and unarmed Bangalees, he said, adding that The Father of the Nation declared independence of Bangladesh in the early hours of the 26th March of 1971 resulting in the formal War of Independence.
On the l0th April of 1971, the proclamation of independence was announced by the elected people's representatives, and the first government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh was formed with Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as the President, Syed Nazrul Islam as Vice-President and Tajuddin Ahmed as Prime Minister, he said.
"This government was sworn-in on the 17th April of 1971 at the historic Mujibnagar in Meherpur and led the war of independence. The heroic freedom fighters with the help of the allied forces earned the victory on the 16th December of 1971 by defeating Pakistani occupation forces and the nation ultimately earned an independent country, he said, adding that the heroism and patriotism of the Bangalee nation created a new history in the world.
He said as Bangabandhu had engaged himself in the struggle to build a "Golden Bangladesh" reconstructing the war-ravaged country, the anti-liberation forces in collusion with the war criminals assassinated Bangabandhu along with his family members. Through the heinous killings of the 15th August 1975, the assassins initiated the politics of killings, coup and conspiracy and obstructed the process to try "the killers of Bangabandhu through promulgating Indemnity Ordinance, he said, adding that they ruined the democracy by declaring Martial Law and formed an illegal government.
"They defaced the constitution and gagged the press freedom," he said.
President Hamid said democracy was established after a long struggle and sacrifices in 1996 and Bangladesh is now the 'Role Model' in socio-economic development in the world.
"We will turn Bangladesh into a middle income country by 2021 and a developed and prosperous one by 2041," he said.
"Let us come and uphold the development and democratic spree being imbued with the spirit of the freedom struggle. Let us all engage ourselves for building a service-oriented, hunger-poverty-free and a happy-prosperous 'Golden Bangladesh' as dreamt by the Father of the Nation," the President added.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)