I am not afraid of death, says Sheikh Hasina

I am not afraid of death, says Sheikh Hasina

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said she is ready to make the highest sacrifice for the country as she is not afraid of death.
“I’ve faced death many times, I’m not afraid of it at all because I’ve nothing to lose as I’ve already lost everything. I never bowed to anybody and would never do this except to Allah. I’m ready to make any sacrifice for protecting the dignity of the country’s people,” she said in an emotion-charged voice.
The Prime Minister said this when leaders of Bangladesh Awami League and its associate bodies came to Ganabhaban, the official residence of the PM, in the evening to greet her on the occasion of her 34th homecoming day.On this day in 1981, Sheikh Hasina returned home after six years in exile following the brutal assassination of the architect of independent Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on August 15, 1975.
Sheikh Hasina and her younger sister Sheikh Rehana escaped the carnage as they were in Germany at that time.
Earlier, the leaders of Bangladesh Awami League and its associate bodies greeted the Prime Minister by presenting bouquets and chanting slogans on the occasion of the Homecoming Day.
Sheikh Hasina sought the support of the people for ensuring their better living standard and taking the country ahead upholding the dignity of the nation being imbued with ideals of the Father of the Nation.
The PM said she has been working for the welfare of people and advancing the nation with support of the common people and pro- liberation forces.
The Prime Minister said after the assassination of Bangabandhu, four national leaders were killed and numerous leaders and workers of the party were thrown into jail to eliminate Awami League.
Recalling her homecoming Day on May 17, 1981, Hasina said she returned home on a rainy and stormy day when thousands of people braving the inclement weather assembled at the airport to welcome her. “There was a sea of people.”
But her most beloved persons whose love she had expected most were not there, she said with tears rolled down her cheek.
Hasina recalled with deep gratitude the expatriate Bangladeshis, leaders and workers of Awami League and the common people of the country for extending great support during bad times of the party and her family.
Referring to ill-efforts of the military dictators after 1975 to erase and distort the history of Liberation War, the Prime Minister said the anti-liberation forces destroyed the ideals and spirit of the war of independence.
In this connection, she mentioned that her government has re-established the spirit of the war of independence through amending the constitution and returned the real history of country’s story of victory and Liberation War and it was very difficult to do.
That was the start of the advancement of Bangladesh and now the country has become a role model of development in the world by stages, she said adding that no one can undermine Bangladesh any more.
About the destructive politics of BNP and its ally Jamaat, the Prime Minister said people witnessed their torching and vandalism as well as burning people alive to death and decimation of property in 2013 and 2015.
Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Deputy Leader of the Jatiya Sangsad Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Awami League Advisory Council members Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed and Suranjit Sengupta and Presidium Member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim and former chief whip Abul Hasnat Abdullah were present. – UNB

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