Published: 06:40 AM, 16 December 2020
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the Liberation War by placing wreaths at the National Memorial in Savar marking the 50th Victory Day. Military Secretary to the Prime Minister Major General Naquib Ahmed Chowdhury placed the floral wreaths at the altar of the memorial around 6:34am to pay homage to the great heroes of the country.
Bangladesh is celebrating its 50th Victory Day with elaborate programmes paying deep homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the country during the Liberation War.
The country achieved independence on this day in 1971 after the Pakistani occupation forces surrendered after a bloody nine-month war.
Along with the government, different socio-political, educational and cultural institutions and organisations have chalked out a series of programmes to celebrate the day. Bangladeshis at home and abroad will celebrate the day. Programmes have been curtailed because of the coronavirus pandemic this year. In a message on the occasion, the PM said: "This Bangladesh is the country of Lalon Shah, Rabindranath, Kazi Nazrul, Jibanananda ... this Bangladesh is the Bangladesh of Shahjalal, Shah Poran, Shah Mokdum, Khanjahan Ali, this Bangladesh is the Bangladesh of Sheikh Mujib and 16.5 crores of Bangalees – this country is for all. We won’t allow anyone to create any division and anarchy in the name of religion."
Hasina mentioned that Bangladesh is a country of communal harmony. This country achieved its independence in lieu of the blood of Muslims, Hindus, Buddhas and Christians. "The people of the country will move on towards prosperity, progress and development keeping the religious morale high," she said.