President greets countrymen on Victory Day

DHAKA, President Abdul Hamid has extended heartfelt greetings and warm felicitations to the countrymen at home and abroad on the occasion of the 48th anniversary of the Victory Day.

December 16 is the great Victory Day of Bangladesh. On this day in 1971,

Bangladesh emerged as an independent and sovereign country in the world map

through the surrender of Pakistani occupation forces, he said in a message

on the eve of the Victory Day.

Bir Bangali made an episode of glorious tale of victory. On the eve of

the victory day, I extend my sincere felicitations and warm greetings to my

fellow countrymen living at home and abroad, he said.

The President said independence is the greatest achievement of the Bangali

nation. Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the

undisputed leader, declared the historic independence on March 26, 1971 after

overcoming various ups and downs and staging long movement and agitation

against Pakistani rulers, he added.

The ultimate victory was achieved through a ninemonth long war of

liberation under his uncompromising leadership and guidance. Today, I recall

with profound respect the greatest Bangali of all time, Father of the Nation

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. I pay my deep homage to the valiant

freedom fighters who made supreme sacrifice in the war of liberation for the

cause of country's independence, he said.

He also extended his deep gratitude to the organisers and supporters,

foreign friends and the people from all strata who directly and indirectly

made meaningful contributions to our war of liberation.

Bangabandhu dreamt of building a happy and prosperous Bangladesh. He

started the journey by rebuilding the economy and infrastructure of the war

ravaged country, the President said.

But the country's democracy and development progress came to a halt after

the assassination of Father of the Nation and his near and dear ones on

August 15, 1975, he said. The President said the emergence of autocracy and

undemocratic government came into being.

Democracy has now been restored in the country through a long movement and

various acclivity and declivity, he added.

With the formulation of appropriate planning and making its best

implementation, Bangladesh has attained the status of lowmiddleincome

country and graduated from least developed country (LDC) to a developing

country, he said.

The Padma Bridge, which is being constructed by our own resources, is now

a reality. Mega projects like Metro Rail, Elevated Expressway are being

implemented, said the President.

Bangladesh is now a proud member of the elite satellite club through

launching of Bangabandhu1 Satellite into the space. With successive economic

growth, Bangladesh is marching forward in every socioeconomic indicator

including education, health, women empowerment, per capita income etc, he

said.

Abdul Hamid said I am confident that Bangladesh will turn into a

prosperous country by 2041, Insha Allah through the continuation of the

ongoing development,.

The eleventh parliamentary election is being held in December, the month of

our victory, he said adding in democratic system, people exercise their power

and choose their desired candidate through the election.

I hope that people will elect honest, capable and patriotic candidates in

the upcoming election and continue the development and advancement of the

country. Let the glory of democracy be strengthened through the festive mood

of election it is my expectation he said.

The President said our foreign policy is being exercised in accordance with

the principle Friendship to all, malice towards none as adopted by Father

of the Nation. Bangladesh has set a unique example of humanity in

international arena by providing shelter to millions of forcefully displaced

and tortured Rohingyas fled from Myanmar, he said.

Bangladesh believes in a peaceful solution to the problem. I urge the UN

and the international community including Myanmar, to take immediate

effective measures for the permanent settlement of this problem, said the

President.

Collective efforts, irrespective of party affiliation, are imperative to

reach the benefits of freedom, attained through the sacrifice of millions of

martyrs, at people's doorstep, he said.

On the eve of the victory day, he urged the countrymen to make more

contributions from their respective positions in implementing the spirit of

the war of liberation and take the nation towards a prosperous future.

On the occasion of great victory day, he expressed his hope that

coordinated efforts will turn Bangladesh into 'Sonar Bangla' (Golden Bengal)

as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)