Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has paid homage to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the architect of Bangladesh, on his 103rd birth anniversary.
Hasina paid her tribute twice -- first as the prime minister and then as the Awami League chief accompanied by the senior leaders of the party. She placed wreaths at the independence leader’s mural at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi Road No. 32 at 7 am on Friday.
The Armed Forces offered a guard of honour and Hasina took part in the special prayer for the departed souls of Bangabandhu and his family members assassinated in 1975.
Other organisations affiliated with the Awami League and different political, social and cultural organisations also paid their respects to the Father of the Nation, regarded as the greatest Bengali.
Born in Gopalganj’s Tungipara on Mar 17, 1920, Bangabandhu eventually led the Bengali struggle for autonomy and independence from Pakistan.
He declared the independence of Bangladesh right before he was arrested by the Pakistani army on Mar 26, 1971.
His work triggered the Liberation War and Bangladesh emerged as a sovereign state after a nine-month bloodbath when the Pakistani occupational forces surrendered on Dec 16, 1971.