Dhaka – The ruling Awami League party and its associate bodies on Saturday accorded a grand reception to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as she returned home from United States where she attended the 72nd UN General Assembly.
Tens of thousands of well wishers, supporters, activists and leader of the ruling party stood by the sides of road from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to Ganabhaban, the official residence of the Prime Minister, to greet her.
They called Hasina the ‘Mother of Humanity’ for her efforts to allow shelter for more than half a million Rohingya Muslims crossed into Bangladesh fleeing violence in neighbouring Myanmar, and the campaign she has launched to mobilize international support for those stateless people.
They chanted slogans seeking long life of the Prime Minster.
On her arrival, Hasina spoke to the audience at the VVIP terminal of the airport. “We have proved that we are for humanity,” she said about her decision to allow the persecuted Rohingya Muslims.
Hasina left Dhaka on September 16 for New York to attend the UNGA. She placed a five-point charter for the causes of Rohingya Muslims. The demands included safe and dignified return of the displaced Myanmar Nationals and implementation of the Kofi Annan commission report that suggested restoration of citizenship of the Rohingya in Myanmar.
The Prime Minister underwent gallbladder operation at a hospital in Washington after the UNGA schedule was over. She was originally scheduled to return to Dhaka on October 2. It was however rescheduled twice as she needed to go for medicare.
Hasina called people to pray for her so that she could serve the nation hale and hearty.
Thousands of activists and supporters stood on the roads wielding banners, festoons and placards, from airport to Gono Bhaban, to greet the premier on the way.
Hasina waived back her hands to thank the party leaders and activists.