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Bangladesh High Commission marks Mujibnagar Day

Lyna Mohamad

The Bangladesh High Commission in Brunei Darussalam yesterday hosted an iftar reception for members of the diplomatic corps, ministerial personnel and other guests, as one of the events marking Mujibnagar Day.

Attorney General Haji Ahmad bin Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Bakti Diraja Dato Laila Utama Haji Awang Isa attended the event alongside ambassadors and high commissioners of India, Cambodia, France, United Kingdom, Turkey, Myanmar, Indonesia, Laos, Iran, Vietnam, Malaysia and CDA of Russia.

Non-governmental organisation (NGO) leaders, university professors, and senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) also attended the event at The Brunei Hotel.

Guests watched a Mujibnagar Day documentary reflecting on the historical significance of the ceremonial formation of the provisional government of Bangladesh in the tiny mango grove-covered village in Baidyanathtala, now under Meherpur District.

Eulogising Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as the greatest Bengali of all time, Bangladesh High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Nahida Rahman Shumona highlighted Bangabandhu’s unique leadership in preparing the country for the war, to achieve independence.

Bangladesh High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Nahida Rahman Shumona delivers her speech. PHOTO: MUIZ MATDANI

She also pointed out that Bangabandhu was the principal architect behind all developments leading to the formation, oath-taking and functioning of the provisional government that served even from Kolkata, and helped the liberation war unfold in a calibrated and organised manner.

Nahida also expressed pride in Bangladesh’s 51 years of independence, and how it has gone from being a least developed country to one that was “developing”.

Bangladesh is now a role model in women’s empowerment, having notched commendable progress in the areas of health, education, power and information technology, she said.

Before iftar, prayers were offered for Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family, national leaders and martyrs, as well as for Bangladesh’s continued progress.

Meanwhile, a morning event was held in the presence of the Bangladeshi community residing in the Sultanate. The programme started with the recitation of verses of Al-Quran, laying of the floral wreath at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s portrait, and reading of messages from the Bangladeshi President and Prime Minister on the significance of a very important day in the national history of Bangladesh.

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