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PM for collective efforts over int’l recognition of 1971


Live Correspondent: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today called upon all for making collective efforts to realise international recognition of the massacre during the Liberation War in 1971 as genocide.

“Today is the March 25, the day when Pakistani occupation forces launched
genocide on unarmed Bangalees and killed millions of people in 1971. We would
have to make stride to achieve international recognition of the genocide
during the Liberation War of 1971,” she said while addressing at an
independence award-giving ceremony in Bangabandhu International Conference
Center here.

The premier asked all to work in unison to reach the benefits of the hard-
earned independence to every home being imbued with the spirit of the
Liberation War and ideals of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur

“Whenever, we come to power, we try to develop the socio-economic sector of
the country at the quickest possible time to make Bangladesh a developed one
free from hunger and poverty as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” she also said.

Today’s development in Bangladesh with graduation to a middle income
country from least development one becomes possible for Awami League
government’s relentless efforts of the last decade, she said, adding “We are
going to achieve 8 percent GDP (gross domestic product) this year and now the
per capita income is $ 1909 which was $ 1751 earlier,”.

Highlighting different initiatives taken by Bangabandhu during his tenure
at various sectors including education, economic and social development, she
said seven percent growth was achieved in 1975 before assassination of Father
of the Nation along with most of his family members.

Bangabandhu got only three and half a years after achieving the
independence in 1971, but rebuilt the war-ravaged country and gave it a shape
in such a short period, she said, adding that if Bangabandhu was alive, the
country could have been developed between five to 10 years after the

But, the anti-liberation forces and their international cliques had
assassinated Father of the Nation as a part of their conspiracy as they had
realised that Bangladesh would soon achieve economic emancipation under his
visionary leadership, she mentioned.

The recipients are – martyred intellectual Mufazzal Haider Chowdhury
(posthumous), martyred ATM Zafar Alam (posthumous), AKM Mozammel Haque,
Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, Dr Kazi Misbahun Nahar, Abdul Khalek
(posthumous), Professor Mohammad Khaled (posthumous) and Barrister Shawkat
Ali Khan (posthumous) in independence and Liberation War, Brigadier General
Dr Nurun Nahar Fatema Begum in medical science, Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad
in social service, Murtaza Bashir in culture, Hasan Azizul Haque in
literature, Professor Dr Hasina Khan in research and training and Bangladesh
Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA) in science and technology.

Chief Justice, cabinet members, PM’s advisors, lawmakers, chiefs of the three services, foreign diplomats, freedom fighters, and high civil and military officials were present on the occasion.

She said “We had to face a lot of impediments to graduate Bangladesh into middle income country by carrying out huge development works in every sector.”

Sheikh Hasina, the eldest daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, added, “Insha Allah, we would be able to build Bangladesh as a hunger and poverty free country. And none could suppress Bangladesh as it is progressing ahead.”

Speaking on formation of BAKSAL (Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Awami League),
she said Bangabandhu had brought all the political parties under a platform
to make a national consensus to rebuild a war-ravaged country and work for
ensuring the overall development of the country.



Dhaka, 25 March (

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