President M Abdul Hamid has greeted the members of armed forces and recalled the valiant role of their predecessors in the 1971 Liberation War on the eve of the Armed Forces Day to be observed tomorrow.
"Armed forces of Bangladesh are our pride. The nation always recalls with deep respect their role during the country's Great War of Liberation," the President said in a message today.
On the occasion, the President recalled the memory of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who declared the independence of the country on March 26, 1971 ignoring imprisonment and repression and inspired the entire Bengali nation with Bengali nationalism.
He also recalled the memories of 1971 martyrs particularly naming the seven recipients of highest gallantry awards "Bir Shreshtha" -- Sipahi Mohammad Mostafa Kamal, Captain Mohiuddin Jahangair, Sipahi Hamidur Rahman, Mohammad Ruhul Amin, Flight Lieutenant Matiur Rahman, Lance Naik Noor Mohammad Sheikh and Lance Naik Munshi Abdur Rouf.
"On this day in 1971 (Nov 21), the armed forces and different paramilitary forces launched combined attacks against the occupation Pakistani forces. As a result, our victory was accelerated and we achieved victory on December 16, 1971," said President Hamid.
He noted with appreciation that the present government's initiative in setting out the Armed Forces Goal-2030, aimed at modernising Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Air Force by increasing manpower, establishments and modern war instrument.
"I believe these programmes will help make the Armed forces more modern, skilled and dynamic," he added.
President Hamid said strong confidence in leadership, mutual trust and respect, dutifulness, professional skills, and above all discipline are prerequisite to development of any force.
"I firmly believe that the Armed forces would continue to make efforts to uphold their glory by maintaining full confidence to their leadership," he added.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)