Lisbon, Monday 10 January 2022
Bangladesh Embassy in Lisbon organized a program to commemorate the historic Homecoming Day of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in a befitting manner. In view of restrictions imposed by the Portuguese Government due to covid-19 pandemic, the event was held on a limited scale in terms of physical participation.
The programme began with the placing of floral wreaths at the portrait of the Father of the Nation by Ambassador Tarik Ahsan and other officials of the Embassy. Messages from the Hon’ble President and the Hon’ble Prime Minister released on the occasion of the historic Homecoming Day, were then read out.
This followed a discussion session on the importance of this momentous day in the history of independent Bangladesh. In his speech, Ambassador Tarik Ahsan paid homage to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Describing Bangabandhu’s Homecoming Day as a milestone in the history of Bangladesh, he viewed that this was not just a day of return home but also a day when Bangladesh’s victory in the War of Liberation became consummate. He stated that Bangabandhu did not compromise with the Pakistani rulers on the question of Bangladesh’s independence, despite extreme pressure he sustained during his imprisonment in Mianwali jail in Pakistan during the War of Liberation. He called upon the fellow Bangladeshis in audience to exert all their efforts in building the independent Bangladesh as prosperous, egalitarian, humanistic country in line with the outlines Bangabandhu gave in this historic public speech on 10 January 1972.
A video documentary on the highlighting this glorious event was screened after the discussion session.
A special prayer was offered for salvation of the departed souls of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the martyred members of his family, martyrs and valiant freedom fighters of the War of Liberation, and for the peace, progress and prosperity of Bangladesh.