Marking the 43rd Victory Day, president Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday morning paid rich tributes to the heroic sons of the soil who had laid down their lives to liberate their beloved motherland through a nine-month bloody war, reported UNB.
The president and the prime minister paid the glowing tributes to the martyrs of the Liberation War by placing wreaths at the National Mausoleum at Savar at about 6:40 am.
After placing the wreaths, President Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina stood there in solemn silence for some time to show their respects to the memories of the martyrs of the great Liberation War in 1971.
A smartly turned out contingent of army drawn from the three services presented a state salute on the occasion while the bugle was played till the last post. The President also signed the visitor’s book there.
The Chief Justice, Ministers, parliament members, the chiefs of the three services, freedom fighters, diplomats and high civil and military officials, wounded freedom fighters and family members of the gallantry award winning Bir Shreshtha were present on the occasion.
Later, flanked by her party leaders, Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Bangladesh Awami League, placed another wreath at the National Mausoleum on behalf of her party.
Opposition leader and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Monday morning paid homage to the freedom fighters who made supreme sacrifices for the country during the War of Liberation in 1971, UNB reported.
Khaleda flanked by her party senior leaders placed wreaths at the National Mausoleum at Savar around 8:10am.
BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, party senior leader Abdul Moyeen Khan and Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain were, among others, present.
Talking to reporters after placing the wreaths, Fakhrul said country’s democracy is now confined.
He, however, said people will rescue the democracy through a movement under the leadership of Khaleda Zia.
Later, the BNP chief drove straight to the majar [shrine] of late president and BNP founder Ziaur Rahman at Sher-e-Banglanagar in the capital where she along with her party leaders and activists placed wreaths around 9:15am.
On this day in 1971, the chief of the Pakistani occupation forces, Gen AAK Niazi, along with his 93,000 Pakistani troops, surrendered at Ramna Racecourse, now Suhrawardy Udyan, in Dhaka following a miserable defeat to the joint forces of Mukti Bahini and Mitra Bahini.
In one of the heinous acts of genocide in human history, the Pakistan army and their local collaborators had launched a barbarous crackdown March 25, 1971 in the erstwhile East Pakistan at midnight past, killing innocent and unarmed people.
The nation, under the leadership of country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, finally clinched independence on December 16 after the nine-month Liberation War.
The day is a public holiday.