Homecoming day of the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will be observed today.
Sheikh Mujib returned to independent Bangladesh on January 10, 1972 after his release from solitary confinement for nine months and a half in a Pakistan prison during the liberation war.
The Pakistan government released Mujib on January 8, 1972.
From Pakistan, he flew to London, where he met the then British prime minister Edward Heath and addressed the international media.
He then flew to Dhaka on January 10, 1972, after a brief stopover in Delhi.
A huge crowd welcomed him at the erstwhile Tejgaon Airport.
On the midnight of March 25, 1971, he was picked up from his residence at Road 32 of Dhanmondi by the occupation army of Pakistan soon after its crackdown on the unarmed Bengalis began in what was then East Pakistan.
In separate messages, president Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina recalled the untiring hard work begun by Mujib immediately on return to rebuild the war-ravaged country.
The ruling Awami League and its associate and front organisations and several socio-cultural organisations took elaborate programmes to celebrate Mujib’s homecoming anniversary.
The day’s programme will start with hoisting of the national and party flags at the AL central office on Bangabandhu Bhaban, and at party offices across the country around 6:30am.
AL leaders and workers will place wreaths at the portrait of Sheikh Mujib at Bangabandhu Bhaban in the city’s Dhanmondi at 7:00am.
AL leaders will attend the countdown programme, which will begin at the National Parade Ground at 3:00pm.
AL general secretary Obaidul Quader has requested the party leaders and activists and common people to celebrate Mujib’s homecoming day.
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