Dhaka – Thousands of mourners will light candles on early hours of Monday to remember those killed on the very first night of Bangladesh’s liberation war in 1971 as Pakistani occupation forces launched the worst genocide in history.
The Pakistani soldiers carried out the atrocities with the aid of their local collaborators to implement their blueprint to thwart the Awami League, which won the election in majority seats in the undivided Pakistan, from assumption to office as per the 1970 election mandate.
And the war began as the unarmed people in the then East Pakistan started resisting the Pakistani agents as per the call by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who was subsequently arrested by the Pakistani forces and sent bank to prison in West Pakistan.
The Pakistani forces, in its attack under the operation search light, killed mercilessly unarmed civilians, members of the then East Pakistan Rifles, police and students on the night of March 25.
Bangladeshi parliament in 2017, adopted a resolution unanimously to observe March 25 as Genocide Day to remember the mass killing, torture and other forms of atrocity that the Pakistanis carried out on that day in 1971 and the following months until Bangladesh was liberated on December 16, 1971.
The government, different political parties, socio-cultural organizations have chalked out programmes to mark the day with due reverence. A black-out for one-minute across the country will be observed on 9pm.
President Abdul Hamid in a message on the occasion of the day termed March-25 mass killing was one of the most brutal genocides in the history.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a separate message said Bangladesh has taken every step to achieve international recognition of genocide of 1971 in Bangladesh. She said the collaborators of the Pakistani soldiers have been prosecuted and the verdicts in war crimes cases being executed. She promised the trial of the war crimes will continue.