Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Dr Shafiqur Rahman said democracy, which is termed as the people’s dream and the true consciousness of the liberation war , has not been established even after 50 years of victory.
Victory Day this year has special significance, as it coincides with the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence.
The nation is set to celebrate the 51st Victory Day, the most precious day of the Bangali people, on Thursday as the country was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces on the day 50 years back after a nine-month-long bloodstained War of Liberation.
Only 3 years after independence, all avenues of decision- making power of the people of the country were blocked, he said, adding that democracy, rule of law, social justice and economic liberation were the main motives of the war of independence.
The Jamaat chief came up with the remarks at a discussion and prayer program organized on occasion of 51 th Victory Day at a city auditorium on Wednesday.
Jamaat Dhaka City South ameer Nurul Islam Bulbul chaired the program.
City secretary Dr Shofikul Islam Mashud moderated the event.
The city assistant secretaries advocate Helal Uddin and Muhammad Delwar Hossain, among others, also were present at the function.
Speaking on the occasion, not mentioning the party name, Dr Shafiq said it was the party that led the liberation war that led the country astray.
On this day of victory, he also called upon all to unite to uphold the original spirit of the war of liberation and to establish a just society based on the dream of the martyrs.
On this day of the great victory, he deeply remembers those who gave their lives for the beloved homeland of Bangladesh and prayed to Allah almighty for the forgiveness of the souls of those heroic fighters.
Speaking at the event, Nurul Islam Bulbul said democracy and fundamental rights of the people in the country are now at stake due to ruling Awami League’s politics of vengeance and animosity.
On December 16 in 1971, Bangladesh was born as an independent country under the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the cost of the supreme sacrifice of three million people and the honour of nearly half a million women.
The celebration of Victory Day this year has added a new dimension as the day is set to be celebrated coinciding with the celebration of the golden jubilee of the country’s independence
Jamaat city chief Bulbul also said democracy, human values and equality are the main principles of independence, but due to the politics of vengeance and partition the country could not achieve that goal.
“Throughout patriotism and national unity regardless of party-like, religion and caste, it is possible to create a happy, prosperous, and prosperous Bangladesh. He called for greater welfare of country and nation, to abandon politics of vendetta, revenge and discrimination, to build greater national unity,” he said.
Due to the Awami League government’s politics of abnegation and misinformation, the joy is very fading today, he stated.
“This day is highly significant as it is a day of victory against oppression and torture. I am recalling the outstanding contribution of those valiant heroes, who had sacrificed their lives for the nation. I am praying for the salvation of their departed souls. I would like to express my deep gratitude and respect to the freedom fighters who had participated in country’s liberation war,” he said.
“The nation is observing glorious Victory Day in such a crucial period when a suffocating atmosphere is prevailing nationwide. The nation has already lost democracy, the best output of the independence and the society is moving towards an uncertain destiny,” the central Jamaat leader said.
The only way to get rid of situation is to hold a free, credible election, he again said.
The central Jamaat leader Bulbul said: “The nation will enjoy the real taste of independence and simultaneous