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Tony Blair pays homage to Bangabandhu

Published : 05 Mar 2023 02:02 AM

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair paid homage to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Saturday by placing a floral wreath at the portrait of the Father of the Nation at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi 32 in Dhaka.

 He is visiting Dhaka as the Executive Chairman of Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.

Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury received him at the Museum and guided him during a tour of the Museum. The former labour leader also signed the visitors’ book.

The Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi 32 is the house where the Father of the Nation was brutally killed along with his family members on August 15, 1975. The house was under military authority till 10th June 1981. Military ruler Ziaur Rahman did not allow any member of Bangabandhu's family to enter into the house.

 Even when Sheikh Hasina, current prime minister and daughter of Bangabandhu, returned to her motherland after six years of exile on 17th May in 1981, she was not allowed to enter the house.  She was forced to perform the holy religious rituals (Milad) in front of the house.

 Tony Blair was the Prime Minister of the UK from 1997 to 2007. He was knighted in 2021.

The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change supports political leaders and governments to build open, inclusive and prosperous societies in a globalised world.