Dhaka, Aug 16 (UNB) - National Mourning Day-2019 was observed in Bangladesh Missions abroad on Thursday paying homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, marking the 44the anniversary of his martyrdom.
The Mourning Day’s programmes include hoisting national flag at half-mast, placing wreath at the bust of Bangabandhu, special prayers, reading out of messages, discussion on the life and work of the Father of the Nation and screening of a documentary on Bangabandhu.
A discussion chaired by Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA Mohammad Ziauddin, was held at Bangladesh Embassy in Washington D.C, said a media release on Friday.
It was addressed by recipient of Bangladesh’s “Friends of Liberation War Honour” Dr. David Nalin, Ambassador Husain Haqqani, Director for South and Central Asia at Hudson Institute, cultural personality and film and television director Syed Hasan Imam and Eng. MizanurRahmanMajumder, President, BangabandhuParishad, Washington, D.C.
Ambassador Ziauddin characterized the 15th August as cruelest massacre in human history, saying that the killers not only slain an iconic leader and statesman but also tried to destroy the spirit and objectives of the independent Bangladesh through the assassination of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Ambassador Hussain Hakkani recalled Bangabandhu’s uncompromising struggle for the rights and identity of the Bengali nation and said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib was the greatest leader not only of Bangladesh but in South Asia and beyond.
Earlier in the day, the national flag was hoisted at half-mast by Ambassador Mohammad Ziauddin with the playing of national anthem.
Later, the Ambassador along with the embassy officers and employees placed wreath at the bust of the Father of the Nation on the chancery premises.
The messages from President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and State Minister for Foreign Affairs at the Bangabandhu auditorium.
In Washington, the messages were read out by Md. ShahabuddinPatwari, Minister (Economic), Shamim Ahmad, Minister (Press), Defence Attaché Brig Gen Moinul Hassan and Minister (Political) MdNural Islam respectively.
On Friday, a special prayer was scheduled to be offered during the Jummah prayer at the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C. and food will be served among the participants in the prayer.