Forwarded by: Khalid Hashmani (McLean, Virginia, USA)
Jail Hattya Dibosh
Monday, November 3, 2008
Courtesy and Thanks: NewBanglaDc
Sheikh Hasina Observed the Jail Killing Day
Washington DC Metro Awami League solemnly observed the jail killing day on November 2nd at the Best Western Hotel in Virginia. Awami League President and Ex-Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was present on the occasion as the Chief Guest. The speakers showed their heartfelt tribute to the national leaders and demanded justice. On November 3rd, 1975, four of our national leaders of the Bangladesh Liberation War – Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, M. Quamruzzaman and Captain Mansir Ali, were brutally killed by the disgruntled army conspirators in the Dhaka Central Jail. Since then this day has been observed by the Bangladeshis living all over the world as the Prison Killing Day (Jail Hattya Dibosh). Please watch the ten-minute long highlights of Sheikh Hasina’s speech here:
Sheikh Hasina said, Awami League always works for helping the poor, deprived and distressed people of Bangladesh. They fight for the common people and sacrificed their lives for protecting their rights and dignity. She said, “…it is unfortunate that after 37 years of independence, people are still living in dismal poverty” She was hoping that Bangladesh will have a peaceful election and will return to democracy in the coming days. She thanked her party activists for their wholehearted support for her freedom. She stressed that Bangladesh will never become safe heaven for terrorists. She reminded the audience that the Father of Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s dream was transforming Bangladesh as a prosperous country like Switzerland of South Asia. She asked her party workers to stay united and vigilant in the coming days.
The speakers consisted of a number of Awami League leaders who came mostly from the Washington metropolitan area and New York. Dr. Shahjahan Mahmud, Ms. Najma Jahan, Jamal Hasan and many other speakers representing the local community also spoke on the occasion. Dr. Mahmud emphasized on the need for rule of law in Bangabandhu murder case and the jail killing case. Ms. Jahan demanded the restoration of 1972’s constitution. Mr. Jamal Hasan articulated the burning issue of lobbying in USA and in the Western countries. He also gave a brief overview of the deportation process of the convicted killer in Bangabandhu murder case, Lt. Col. (ret’d) Mohiuddin A.K.M. Ahmed.
After the speech, Sheikh Hasina intermingled with the audience. She personally greeted the attendees from New York and spoke with a few of them for a while. The Sindhi delegation also had a chance to be face to face with the leader. The notable Sindhi human rights activist Munawar Laghari and the Baluchi activist Dr. Fauzia Deeba talked to Mrs. Hasina for a great length. Dr. Deeba’s husband, Professor Sideequllah, a Pushtun activist had an interesting meeting with the Awami League leader. He is a great fan of Bangabandhu whom he met in Karachi in 1970. He reminisced those moments with the daughter of the leader he admires till this day.
Sheikh Hasina is returning to Bangladesh on November 6th after four-month long treatment in the USA to lead the Party in the upcoming election in Bangladesh. Awami League leaders, workers and well wishers expressed their outpouring honor to her and wished her long life. The meeting ended after serving dinner. To read in Bangla version, click here.
Posted by newsbangla at 10:32 AM
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