The nation today (Friday) recalls the brutal genocide carried out by the Pakistani occupation forces on the unarmed Bangalis on the black night of March 25, 1971. In remembrance of the brutality, country’s people imbued with the spirit of Liberation War are set to observe the ‘Genocide Day’ today with befitting manner.
On this day in 1971, one of the most horrific and brutal genocide of the world history took place in Bangladesh. 51 years back after the midnight of 25th March in 1971, Pakistani military soldiers launched sudden cowardly massive crackdown on the unarmed sleeping people of the then East-Pakistan’s capital Dhaka and other parts of the country as part of their blueprint to thwart the Awami League’s assumption of office following the victory in the 1970 elections. By carrying out ‘Operation Searchlight’, they (Pakistani occupation forces) just wanted to stop the movement of the freedom-loving people.
The new generation must learn the history of
independence to build a
non-communal developed Bangladesh
Capital Dhaka’s air had become heavier with the groaning and screams of the people as a festival of mass killing was going on. The history’s heinous, barbaric and cowardly attack launched on sleeping people left 10,000 civil people including women and children killed on this night. However, according to Australia’s The Sydney Morning Herald, on the night of March 25 alone, nearly one lakh people were killed in Bangladesh, which was one of the worst horrific events in the history of genocide. On this occasion, we are recalling the sacrifices of the martyrs of the Liberation War with deep respect.
The March 25 genocide was not just mere a night rather it was the beginning of one of the most heinous genocides of the world civilisation.The nation will observe a one-minute ‘blackout’ on the night of March 25 marking Genocide Day. After a bloody nine-month war, on December 16 in 1971, Bangladesh was born as an independent country under the leadership of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu at the cost of supreme sacrifice of three million people and the honour of nearly half a million women.
The “Operation Searchlight” was one of very few military operations after World War-II that was planned to kill a large amount of civilians. We hope there would be no repetition of such heinous and barbaric incident anywhere in this civilised world.
We all must remain alert as anti-liberation forces along with their companions are still conspiring against Bangladesh taking assistance from abroad. War criminals, defeated forces, the August 15 killers and their children are still conspiring against Bangladesh. As the anti-liberation forces and their descendants are still trying to obstruct the consolidation of Bangladesh’s victory in the Liberation War, the country is likely to face some big challenges in the coming days. Therefore, the people will have to strengthen the hands of Bangabandhu’s daughter prime minister Sheikh Hasina. In this regard, the young generation must learn the history of independence to build a non-communal developed Bangladesh under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina.