Dhaka, Bangladesh
Don't pay heed to hearsay: Hasina

Don't pay heed to hearsay: Hasina

President, PM pay tribute to martyred soldiers

Mentioning the recent rumours over the scarcity of onion and salt in the market, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged all not to pay heed to such propaganda. "We see confusion being created carrying out false propaganda on many occasions. I would like to tell you all not to pay heed to such propaganda," she said while addressing a reception at Army Multipurpose Complex in Dhaka Cantonment. The Prime Minister hosted the reception for the close relatives of the Bir Shresthas and other gallantry award-winning freedom fighters and their family members on the occasion of the Armed Forces Day 2019. Sheikh Hasina said various types of propaganda are being spread suddenly as if there is no onion, salt or any other item (in the market) and thus mislead people. "I know this (propaganda) would be done. It's normal. We've to move on facing all this. We also do so. Today, we're self-sufficient in food. Bangladesh is now a food-surplus country," she said. Mentioning that the production of fish and vegetables also increased significantly, she said her government pays its due attention to food and nutrition. Pointing at freedom fighters, the Prime Minister urged them to share the stories of the Liberation War with the new generation and local people so that they can learn the history. "Because, We're a victorious nation. We achieved the victory in the Liberation War. (Share the stories of the Liberation war) so that our future generations may know how we've been a victorious nation… the Bangalee can never suffer any defeat," she said. Sheikh Hasina said the government now tries to preserve the 1971 war and massacre spots identifying the places properly. She said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman engaged himself in rebuilding the war-ravaged country. He developed every force-Army, Navy, Air Force, BGB, Police and Ansar and made them fit for an independent country. Bangabandhu realized the recognition of Bangladesh from 126 countries and many international agencies, including the United Nations, OIC and Commonwealth. Unfortunately, she said, the Father of the Nation was killed when he was taking the country towards development with more than 7 percent GDP growth rate. "The person who had made huge sacrifices for the independence of this country was killed so brutally," said Sheikh Hasina, the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu. The Prime Minister said her government has been able to bring back the lost glorious history of the Liberation War as it held the trial of war criminals and killers of Bangabandhu. Now Bangladesh is considered as a dignified country in the whole world, she said adding that her government's goal is to turn Bangladesh into a hunger- and poverty-free, and prosperous country as dreamt by the Father of the Nation. A total of 101 family members of seven Bir Shresthas, gallantry award-winning freedom fighters, and their family members attended the function. The Prime Minister handed over cheques of honorariums to them. The PM also handed over 'Shantikalin Padak 2018-2019' (peace medals) to 13 members of the armed forces-eight members of the Army, two of Navy and three of the Air Force-at the event. Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, PM's Security Affairs Adviser Major Gen (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique and the chiefs of the three services were present at the event. Principal Staff Officer of the Armed Forces Division Lt Gen Md Mahfuzur Rahman delivered the welcome speech. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday paid rich tributes to the martyred members of the Armed Forces on the occasion of the Armed Forces Day 2019. They separately placed wreaths at the altar of Shikha Anirban (eternal flame) in Dhaka Cantonment in the morning. After placing the wreaths, they stood there in solemn silence for some time as mark of profound respect to the martyrs, who made supreme sacrifices during the 1971 Liberation War. A smartly-turned out contingent drawn from Army, Navy and Air Force presented a guard of honour at that time while bugle played 'The Last Post'. President Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina signed the visitors' book kept on the premises of Shikha Anirban. Earlier, upon their arrival at Shikha Anirban, they were separately received by the chiefs of the three services and the Principal Staff Officer (PSO) of the Armed Forces Division. After paying homage, the Prime Minister went to the Armed Forces Division where chiefs of the three services made a courtesy call on her. On this day during the War of Liberation, 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. After independence, this historic day has been observed as the Armed Forces Day. (Inputs taken from UNB)

Share |