DHAKA - President Md. Abdul Hamid on Sunday called for completing the unfinished task of Bangabandhu to build the country as a happy and prosperous one and to pay due respect to him.
In a message on the occasion of National Mourning Day, he said, "Today is tragic 15th August, the National Mourning Day. It is the day of mourning for the Bangalee and Bangladesh and the 41st martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman."
On this day in 1975, the President said, the greatest Bangalee of all time and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with his wife, sons, daughters-in-law and near and dear ones embraced martyrdom.
"I pay my profound homage with heavy heart to them. I pray to Almighty Allah for the peace of the departed souls on this Mourning Day," he added.
The 15th August 1975 is regarded as a disgraceful chapter in the history of the Bangalee, the President said adding on this day the undisputed leader and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was brutally assassinated at his residence by a group of killers with the connivance of anti-liberation forces.
Abdul Hamid said his wife Sheikh Fazilatunnessa Mujib, sons Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russel, daughters-in-law Sultana Kamal and Rosy Jamal, brother Sheikh Naser, farmers' leader Abdur Rab Serniabat, youth leader Sheikh Fazlul Haq Moni and his wife Arzu Moni, Baby Serniabat, Sukanta Babu, Arif and Abdul Nayeem Khan Rintu were also assassinated along with Bangabandhu.
"This brutality was a rare occurrence not only in the history of the Bangalee nation but also in the history of the world. The aims of the killers were not merely to kill a statesman but to annihilate the ideals of the war of liberation and reinstate the defeated forces," he added.
Bangabandhu was a visionary leader and an ardent proponent of Bangalee nationalism, the President said adding since the historic Language Movement in 1952, Bangabandhu led the nation at every struggle and democratic movement including Six-Point Movement in 1966, Mass Upsurge in 1969 and the General Elections in 1970 which all were directed for attaining the right to self-determination and emancipation.
"He, therefore, had to go to jail for several times and had to face inhuman sufferings. Despite various challenges, he never compromised on the question of the rights of our people. This great leader always nourished in his thinking the well-being of Bangla, Bangalee and Bangladesh," he added.
Bangabandhu and Bangladesh have emerged as a unique symbol to the people of Bangladesh for his extraordinary contribution, the President said adding though the assassins killed the Father of the Nation, they could not wipe out his principle and ideals.
"I am confident that the name and fame of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will remain ever shining in the mind of millions of Bangalees as long as the country and its people stay alive," he added.
"Bangabandhu struggled for attaining political independence along with people's economic emancipation throughout his life. He dreamt of building 'Sonar Bangla' (Bengal of Gold) free from hunger and poverty. He started working to rebuild war-torn newborn Bangladesh. But the killers restrained the development activities committing barbarous massacres," the president said in his message.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, daughter of Bangabandhu, has set `Vision 2021' and `Vision 2041' in order to transform Bangladesh into a prosperous developed country, he added.
"Bangladesh is now on the verge of reaching a middle-income country and I am confident that this country would be a developed one by the Diamond Jubilee celebration of our independence. Imbued with the spirit of war of liberation, it needs concerted efforts and strong unity from all pro-liberation forces to establish a progressive society free from terrorism and militancy," the President added.
"On the National Mourning Day, let us translate our grief into strength and devote ourselves to build a prosperous Bangladesh," he added.