Dhaka – The historic six-point demand made by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was the charter of Bangladesh’s liberation, said Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader.
The AL veteran made the remarks when he placed floral wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu to mark the historic day in Dhaka’s Dhanmondi on Friday.
On this day in 1966, the Awami League (AL) under the charismatic leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman called for a day-long strike throughout the then East Pakistan, pressing the demand for autonomy to end the exploitation, deprivation, subjugation and tyranny by the then central government of Pakistan.
The party has been observing the day for long time remembering the day’s significance as people of this part of the world got united and prepared gradually for the country’s liberation.
The general secretary said the people who disapprove June 7, the milestone of Independence, don’t believe in Bangladesh’s Liberation.
Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said the historic June 7 is an unforgettable and significant day in the history of Bangladesh.
He said the historic movement for six-point demand, declared by the greatest Bengali of all time Bangabandhu, took an important turn on June 7, 1966.
“We got independence under the dynamic leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. And now the country is moving ahead under the visionary leadership of Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina.”
People took to the streets on this day in 1966 during the dawn-to-dusk strike throughout the province and the law enforcement agencies, including the East Pakistan Rifles (EPR), opened fire on the demonstrators in Tongi, Dhaka and Narayanganj leaving 11 people, including labour leader Monu Miah, Shafique and Shamsul Huq, killed.
Bangabandhu launched a massive movement against the misrule of the Pakistanis on the basis of the 6-point demand, considered as the Magna Carta of the Bengalis demanding autonomy for the then east Pakistan.
The six-point demands were – creating provision in the constitution for a Federation of Pakistan in its true sense based on the Lahore resolution, the federal government will deal with only two subjects: Defence and Foreign Affairs, introduction of two separate, but freely convertible currencies for East and West Pakistan, vesting the power of taxation and revenue collection with the federating units, maintaining two separate accounts for the foreign exchange earnings of the two wings and creation of a separate militia or paramilitary force for East Pakistan.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the eve of the six-point day.