Bangladesh embassy in Washington observes Genocide Day

The Bangladesh embassy in Washington DC commemorated "Genocide Day" to honor the victims of the atrocities committed by the Pakistan army during the Liberation War in 1971.

Bangladesh Embassy Pays Tribute to Genocide Victims

March 26, 2024 - The Bangladesh embassy in Washington DC solemnly observed "Genocide Day" to remember the horrific events that took place on March 25, 1971, under the ruthless "Operation Searchlight" carried out by the Pakistan army. The day was dedicated to honoring the memory of the martyrs who bravely fought for Bangladesh's independence and sacrificed their lives in the struggle against oppression.

The embassy initiated a series of commemorative programs on Monday, starting with a moment of silence to honor the fallen heroes of the Liberation War. President Mohammed Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's heartfelt messages were conveyed by Defense Attache Brigadier General Md Shahedul Islam and Minister (Political) Md Rashedujjaman, emphasizing the significance of this important day in Bangladesh's history.

The Reader's Guide

The event included a screening of a documentary shedding light on the heinous acts committed by the Pakistan army in Bangladesh in 1971, followed by a seminar focusing on the historical importance of the day. Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States, Muhammad Imran, participated in the seminar titled "Genocide in 1971," where he paid homage to the legendary Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and the three million martyrs who laid down their lives for the country's freedom.

Remembering the Past, Building the Future

Ambassador Imran denounced the atrocities carried out by the Pakistani army on March 25, 1971, labeling it as one of the most brutal genocides in human history. He recounted the brutalities inflicted by the Pakistani military junta in Dhaka and other regions of Bangladesh, aiming to suppress the independence movement and thwart the democratic victory of the Awami League.

Imran urged the global community, including overseas Bangladeshis, to expose the brutal acts of the Pakistani army during the nine-month-long struggle for liberation. He emphasized the need for international recognition of the genocide and highlighted Bangabandhu's historic declaration of independence on March 26, 1971, marking the beginning of Bangladesh's war for freedom.

Under Bangabandhu's resolute leadership, Bangladesh emerged victorious on December 16, 1971, after a relentless battle against Pakistan. Ambassador Imran called upon all citizens to unite in realizing the dream of "Sonar Bangla" envisioned by Bangabandhu and to contribute to the vision of a "Smart Bangladesh" by 2041, championed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Seeking Justice and Recognition

During the seminar, Counsellor (Political) Arifa Rahman Ruma presented a detailed paper outlining the atrocities committed by the Pakistani military junta on March 25, 1971, and the subsequent months of bloodshed in Bangladesh. She emphasized the importance of collective efforts to secure international acknowledgment of the genocide and to ensure that the sacrifices of the liberation war martyrs are never forgotten.

The day's programs concluded with a special prayer for the eternal peace of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and all the valiant martyrs of the Liberation War. First Secretary (Passport & Visa Wing) Muhammad Abdul Hye Milton led the proceedings, underscoring the importance of preserving the memory of the nation's heroes for future generations.

As we reflect on the sacrifices made by our forefathers for the cause of freedom, let us honor their memory by working towards a prosperous and harmonious Bangladesh. The legacy of our independence struggle must continue to inspire us as we strive to build a better future for our nation, guided by the principles of justice, unity, and progress.

Arman Alif

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