The historic Homecoming Day of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was observed on Wednesday.
On January 10 in 1972, Bangabandhu returned to independent and sovereign Bangladesh after over nine and half months of captivity in a Pakistan jail.
Bangabandhu was subjected to inhuman torture in the Pakistan jail where he had been counting moments for the execution of his death sentence that was pronounced in a farcical trial.
The great leader not only was the inspiration of the freedom fighters but also for the whole Bangalee nation.
Under his undaunted leadership, the Bangalee nation earned the ultimate victory through the nine-month war. The defeated Pakistani rulers were finally compelled to release Bangabandhu from jail. The victory of the Bangalees attained its fulfillment with his release.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to Bangabandhu on the occasion by placing wreaths at the portrait of the Father of the Nation in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi.
Cabinet members, including Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader and Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, were also present.
Ruling Awami League, its associate and front organisations and various socio-political organisations arranged elaborate programmes, including hoisting the national and party flags, atop all AL offices at dawn.
The ruling party organised a discussion at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city on the occasion where Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina spoke as the chief guest.