DHAKA, March 24, 2017 (BSS) - President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today described the "Genocide Day" as a strong protest against genocide carried out by the then Pakistani occupational forces on unarmed Bangalees in 1971 Liberation War.
In a message on the eve of the "Genocide Day", the President said the "Genocide Day" is not only the recognition of sacrifice of 30 lakh Bangalees in the freedom of struggle of Bangladesh but also a symbol of strong protest against the genocide. "Genocide on March 25 is a brutal and grievous incident in the history of Bengali nation," he said.
The President termed the decision of observing March 25 as 'Genocide Day' is a milestone in the country's history.
Abdul Hamid said the genocide in 1971 is a black chapter in the history of mankind. "None can forget the horrors of the genocie," he said.
He called for upholding the demand worldwide through the observance of the day so that such genocide would recur nowhere in the world.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said the Pakistani occupation forces swooped on unarmed Bangalees on March 25 night and they along with their local collaborators including Rajakar, Al Badr and Al Shams carried out atrocities.
The atrocities that started on the black night on March 25 continued for nine months, she said. She said as many as 30 lakh people were killed and two lakh women were raped.
The incidents of killing of a large number of people in the short span of time are rare in the world, the premier said.
She said the decision of observing "Genocide Day" is a manifestation of paying tributes to the 30 lakh martyrs who made supreme sacrifices to liberate the nation.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)