Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today inaugurated the countdown for yearlong celebration of the “Mujib Year” marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, coinciding with his 1972 return home from Pakistan captivity.
“I open the countdown,” she said at a grand ceremony at the Old Airport, the scene where Bangabandhu first touched the soil of his independent Bangladesh on his return home, celebrated as his historic Homecoming Day.
Sheikh Hasina expected the people to put Bangladesh in a dignified position on the world stage by establishing “Sonar Bangladesh” as dreamt by the Father of the Nation.
“Bangabandhu had handed over to us the victory torch and we want to move forward with it,” the premier said.
Weeks after the December 16, 1972 Victory from the Pakistani occupation, Bangabandhu landed at the then Dhaka International Airport at Tejgaon as a British Royal Air Force aircraft (C-130J) carried the country’s founding father from London en-route New Delhi.