Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said she did not want to see any impediment towards Bangladesh’s advancement, calling upon all to march the country forward by maintaining the ability it has achieved to keep pace with the international standard.
“I just want on this Armed Forces Day (AFD) that the advancement of our country will not be allowed to be hindered in any way and Bangladesh can move ahead on the world stage with dignity and honor”, she said.
She was addressing a reception accorded to the gallantry award winning freedom fighters of the armed forces and their heirs marking the AFD-2021 joining virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban.
The prime minister also presented peacetime awards to the selected members of the armed forces for their outstanding contribution to their respective fields during 2020-21.
Sheikh Hasina, also in-charge of the defence ministry, said that the independence achieved by efforts of all people and blood of hundreds of
thousands of martyrs cannot be failed, adding, “We cannot even let it happen”.
“Bangladesh will move ahead with keeping the dignity we have achieved so far. InshaAllah, we will build a prosperous “Sonar Bangladesh” as envisioned by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman”, she also said.
On behalf of the prime minister, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque handed over the peacetime award to the recipients at the Army Multipurpose Hall in Dhaka Cantonment.
Chief of Army Staff General S M Shafiuddin Ahmed, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Shaikh Abdul Hannan, former Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed and five more officers from the armed forces received the peacetime award this year.
Marking the day, Sheikh Hasina also presented gifts to the families of the successors of Birshreshthos and other gallantry award-recipient freedom fighters of the armed forces.
PM’s Security Adviser Major General (Retired) Tarique Ahmed Siddique, Chief of Army Staff General S M Shafiuddin Ahmed, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral M Shaheen Iqbal and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Shaikh Abdul Hannan were present.
Principal Staff Officer (PSO) of the Armed Forces Division Lieutenant General Waker-Uz-Zaman gave the welcome address at the function.
The prime minister spelled out various measures taken by her government for the advancement of the armed forces and other institutions.
She said, “We have been implementing huge programs for the training of the members of the armed forces and other institutes. So, we can now claim that Bangladesh has achieved the ability to keep pace with any international standard organization”.
Sheikh Hasina recalled the contribution of the armed forces to the Liberation War, saying that the armed forces personnel and the freedom
fighters planned to attack collectively the Pakistani occupation forces on November 21 in 1971 while the allied force of India joined the plan.
She continued that the Pakistani occupation forces had been defeated and surrendered on December 16 in 1971.
She also said, “Once, the most regretful thing was to dishonor the freedom fighters, who fought for their country’s liberation, leaving everything behind. Such a time had come after August 15, 1975 (assassination of the Father of the Nation) that the freedom fighters feared to give their identities as freedom fighters”.
After Bangabandhu’s assassination along with most of his family members, Sheikh Hasina said that the history of the Liberation had been destroyed to erase the name of the Father of the Nation from the history, she said.
The prime minister added: “I don’t know whether any country of the world tries to distort the history of their “Bijoygatha” (victory). But, such
heinous act happened in this country”.
Despite the BNP-Jamaat clique tried to remove the name of Bangabandhu from the history, the UNESCO has recognized the historic March 7 Speech of the Father of the Nation as part of the world’s documentary heritage while it has also started giving award titled “UNESCO-Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman International Award on Creative Economy”.
After assuming power in 1996, the premier said they have reinstated the honor and dignity which was achieved by the Liberation War and but was later destroyed by killing the architect of the country’s independence on August 15 in 1975.
She added: “We are running the country imbued with the spirit of the Liberation War and ideal of Bangabandhu”.
The prime minister said they have turned Bangladesh into a developed one following the footprints of the Father of the Nation and vowed to bring smiles on the faces of the countrymen by giving them an improved life. ‘
President Abdul Hamid pays tributes to martyrs members of Bangladesh Armed Forces
President M Abdul Hamid paid rich tributes to the martyred members of Bangladesh Armed Forces on the occasion of the Armed Forces Day-2021.
The head of the state paid the homage by placing a wreath at the Shikha Anirban (flame eternal) in Dhaka Cantonment this morning.
The president, also the Supreme Commander of Armed Forces, placed the wreath at the altar of Shikha Anirban at 8:00am.
After laying the wreath, he stood in solemn silence for a while to show profound respect to the memories of the martyrs during 1971’s Liberation War.
Later, a smartly turned out contingent of the Army, Navy and Air Force presented a salute.
Earlier, on his arrival at Shikha Anirban, chiefs of the three services and the principal staff officer of the Armed Forces Division received the
On this day during the War of Liberation in 1971, the Bangladesh Armed Forces, comprising Army, Navy and Air Force, came into being and launched an all-out attack on the Pakistani occupation forces which sped up the victory in the Liberation War.
After the independence of the country, this historic day is being observed as the Armed Forces Day (AFD) every year.
Sheikh Hasina pays tribute to armed forces martyrs
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid glowing tributes to the martyred members of Bangladesh Armed Forces on the occasion of the Armed Forces Day-2021.
The prime minister paid the homage by placing a wreath at the Shikha Anirban (flame eternal) in Dhaka Cantonment this morning.
After laying the wreath, she stood in solemn silence for some time to show profound respect to the memories of the armed forces martyrs, who made supreme sacrifices during the War of Liberation.
A smartly-turned out contingent drawn from Army, Navy and Air Force presented a guard of honour at that time, while the bugle played the last post.
Later, Sheikh Hasina, also in-charge of the Ministry of Defence, signed the visitors’ book kept on the premises of Shikha Anirban.
Prime Minister’s Security Adviser Major General (Retired) Tarique Ahmed Siddique was present.
Earlier, on her arrival at Shikha Anirban, the premier was received by Chief of Army Staff General S M Shafiuddin Ahmed, Chief of Naval Staff
Admiral M Shaheen Iqbal, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Shaikh Abdul Hannan, and Principal Staff Officer (PSO) of the Armed Forces Division Lieutenant General Waker-Uz-Zaman.
After the wreath-placing ceremony, the prime minister went to the Armed Forces Division (AFD) where the chiefs of the three services made a courtesy call on her.
On her arrival at the AFD, Sheikh Hasina was received by the PSO and director generals of the AFD.
On this day during the War of Liberation in 1971, the Bangladesh Armed Forces, comprising Army, Navy and Air Force, came into being and launched an all-out attack on the Pakistani occupation forces which expedited the victory in the Liberation War.
After the independence of the country, this historic day is being observed as the Armed Forces Day every year.
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