When Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman conceived the idea of an independent Bangladesh, especially with his six-point of 1966, it was aimed at restoring peoples’ right in a democratic and peaceful way.
Unfortunately, late Pakistani President General YayhaKhan and late Mr. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the chief of the Pakistan People’s Party, did not believe in peace and resorted to one of the worst genocide ever by launching “Operation Searchlight” in 1971 in the then east Pakistan, now Bangladesh, that left three million people dead and more than at least 250,000 women raped.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is Bangabandhu’s worthy daughter, too is following her assassinated father’s foot-steps in pursuing peace both nationally and internationally for the welfare of the people across the globe.
To mark the “International Day of Peace,” she pledged to build a “peaceful, tolerant, pluralist, and inclusive society leaving no one behind.”
“….. I would like to reiterate our firm conviction to global peace, justice, and harmony through upholding the values and principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter,” she said in a statement.
She also said “Our flagship resolution on the Culture of Peace at the UN is a testimony to our unflinching support to the cause of global peace.”
However, the question remains, is the international community with her?
The lingering Rohingya crisis is a threat to both Bangladesh’s and international security, but she has allowed them to stay on for more than three years on humanitarian grounds.
If there is a lack of national and international security, especially in terms of birth of Islamist terrorists in the Rohingya camps, the premier’s fight for global peace becomes fragile.
When Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says the day “inspires humanity to spread compassion and kindness,” then we may ask where is that kindness and compassion of the world community in ensuring a safe return home to Myanmar of the minority Muslim Rohingya.
Thus the theme of this year “Shaping Peace Together” becomes nothing more than a farce!
The premier has underscored the importance of making the slogan a reality and we hope that the United Nations will convince the global community that how important it is to work for peace “together” to end all conflicts to establish world peace.