President, PM recall contributions of four national leaders

DHAKA President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister

Sheikh Hasina, in separate messages, today paid rich tributes to four

national leaders on the occasion of the Jail Killing Day recalling their

immense contributions to the War of Liberation.

In his message, the President said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh

Mujibur Rahman's close aides four national leaders � Syed Nazrul Islam,

Tajuddin Ahmed, Captain M Mansur Ali and AHM Qamaruzzaman � were brutally

killed by anti-liberation forces inside the Dhaka Central Jail on November 3,

1975.

Today I am recalling them with profound respect, he added.

Abdul Hamid said Bangabandhu, the undisputed leader of Bangalee Nation,

is the architect of Independent Bangladesh.

He said Bangabandhu proclaimed independence of Bangladesh on March 26 in

1971 after imbuing the nation with Bangalee nationalism for more than two

decades and eventually the Liberation War started at his call.

When Bangabandhu was imprisoned in Pakistan jail during the Liberation

War, the President said the four national leaders made an outstanding

contribution to form the Mujibnagar Government, devise war strategy and

tactics, carry out administrative activities, conduct the Liberation War,

carry on diplomatic efforts and keep an eye on refugees to turn the

Liberation War into a people's war.

The nation will always remember the contributions of four national leaders

with respect, said the President.

Abdul Hamid said the anti-liberation forces brutally killed the four

national leaders in continuation to the assassination of Bangabandhu and most

of his family members to make the nation leaderless alongside to jeopardize

the independence and sovereignty of the country.

He said the aim of the perpetrators of the killings was to give rise to

undemocratic autocracy in the country as well as to erase the spirit of

Liberation War from the minds of young generation.

But design of the killers did not come out successful, he added.

The President said the ideology of Bangabandhu will remain alive till the

existence of Bangladesh.

He said Bangabandhu had a dream to build the country as a happy and

prosperous Sonar Bangla.

Everybody will make contribution from their respective positions to

materialize the dream of Bangabandhu and this would be our pledge on the Jail

Killing Day, he added.

The President also prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls of the

four national leaders.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, termed the November 3 (Jail

Killing Day) a stigmatized day in the history of humanity and democracy and

said such killings in the safe custody of jail are unprecedented in the

world.

Sheikh Hasina said the killing of the four national leaders were the

sequel to the assassination of Father of the Nation.

Through the hateful killings, the defeated forces of Liberation War and

anti-state cliques wanted to erase the name of Bangladesh Awami League

forever from the soil of Bangladesh and to destroy the spirit of Liberation

War, she added.

She said the anti-liberation forces plotted against the country again and

again and carried out attacks repeatedly to defeat the country's democratic

and pro-Liberation forces.

Sheikh Hasina said in continuation of the conspiracies, a gruesome grenade

attack was carried out on an Awami League rally on August 21 in 2004

attempting to kill her. Though she escaped the attack, 22 people, including

Ivy Rahman, were killed in the carnage, she added.

The Prime Minister said a Dhaka court has handed over verdict to the

August 21 grenade attack cases.

We are determined to establish rule of law and justice in the country,

she said.

She said: We have to remain prepared to resist the anti-liberation forces

and all evil efforts against development and democracy.

The Prime Minister expressed her belief that the countrymen being imbued

with spirit of Liberation War will uphold democracy and rule of law to resist

all conspiracies.

Bangladesh is now a role model of development in the world, she said,

adding that a massive development has taken place in every sector including

economy, agriculture, education, health, ICT, communication, infrastructure,

power and rural economy as per the election pledges during the last 11 years.

She called upon the countrymen to make united efforts to implement the

Vision 2021 and 2041 to build a 'Sonar Bangla', as dreamt by Father of the

Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)