The country’s Liberation War heroes on Friday urged the nation to get united again with the spirit of the independence achieved through an armed struggle in 1971.
They made the call while speaking at an award-giving ceremony on the premises of the East West Media Group Limited (EWMGL) in Bashundhara Residential Area of the capital.
Bangladesh Pratidin, the highest circulated daily in the country, organised the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ programme in honour of noted freedom fighters. The newspaper honoured 17 war heroes with awards.
The freedom fighters stressed the need for establishing a democratic nation as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Prime Minister’s Adviser HT Imam, Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan, Bangladesh Pratidin Editor Naem Nizam and Kaler Kantho Editor Imdadul Haq Milon also spoke on the occasion.
The award-holders are Air Vice Martial (retd) AK Khandker, Major General (retd) Kazi Mohammed Safiullah, Major (retd) Mohammad Rafiqul Islam, Lieutenant Colonel (retd) Abu Osman Chowdhury, Major Muhammad (retd) Shahjahan Omar, Colonel (retd) AHM Gaffar, Commodore (retd) Abdul Wahed Chowdhury, Squadron Leader (retd) Liakat Ali Khan, Group Captain (retd) Shamsul Alam, Major (retd) Kamrul Hasan Bhuiyan, Commander (retd) Khalilur Rahman, Kamal Lohani, Mamunur Rashid, Major (retd) Akhtaruzzaman, Zafrullah Chowdhury and Mubasshar Hussein.
Addressing the function, HT Imam said, “Bangladesh, Bangabandhu and independence are three synonymous words.
Our Liberation War was a mass fighting where people from all walks of life participated with a single vision of independence. Under the leadership of Bangabandhu, our four national leaders led the nation forward.”