Diplomatic Correspondent: The Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Karachi of Pakistan celebrated the country’s 49th Independence and National Day on Tuesday with solemnity and enthusiasm.
The day’s programmes began with the ceremonial hoisting of Bangladesh’s red and green national flag by the deputy high commissioner at the chancery, according to a statement of the deputy high commission.
Expatriate Bangladeshi community members also attended the celebrations.
A rich tribute was paid by placing garlands on the portrait of Bangladesh’s independence hero Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman after the flag hoisting.
Everybody present at the programme then sang the Bangladesh national anthem.
Messages from President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the foreign minister and state minister for foreign affairs were read out.
Deputy High Commissioner Noor-E Helal Saifur Rahman paid tributes to Bangabandhu and martyrs of the Liberation War.
He put emphasis on the resolution of unresolved issues between Bangladesh and Pakistan, including the trial of war criminals.
Rahman urged the expat community to work together to achieve Bangabandhu’s dream of a ‘Sonar Bangla’.
Bangabandhu declared independence on this day in 1971 after the Pakistan Army committed genocide against unarmed Bangalee civilians. Bangladesh has intensified its efforts towards attaining UN recognition for the genocide.
An estimated three million people were killed and 200,000 women were dishonoured by the Pakistan occupation force and their local collaborators.
risingbd/Dhaka/Mar 26, 2019/Hasan/AI