Homecoming day of the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will be observed today.
Sheikh Mujib returned to independent Bangladesh on January 10, 1972 after his release from solitary confinement for nine months and a half in a Pakistan prison during the country’s War of Independence.
The Pakistan government released Mujib on January 8, 1972.
From Pakistan, he flew to London, where he met the then British prime minister Edward Heath and addressed the international media.
He then flew to Dhaka on January 10, 1972, after a brief stopover in Delhi.
A huge crowd welcomed him at the erstwhile Tejgaon Airport.
On the midnight of March 25, 1971, he was picked up from his residence at Road 32 of Dhanmondi by the occupation army of Pakistan soon after its crackdown on the unarmed Bengalis began in what was then East Pakistan.
In separate messages, president Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina recalled the untiring hard work begun by Mujib immediately on return to rebuild the war-ravaged country.
The ruling Awami League and its associated and front organisations and several socio-cultural organisations took elaborate programmes to celebrate Mujib’s homecoming anniversary.
AL’s daylong countrywide celebrations would begin with flying the national and party flags at its central office in Dhaka at 6:30am.
Wreaths would be placed at Mujib’s portrait at Dhanmondi 32 at 7:00am.
The party will hold a discussion meeting at Bangladesh Krishibid Institution auditorium at 3:00pm, where party president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to be in chair.
AL general secretary Obaidul Quader has requested the party leaders and activists and common people to celebrate Mujib’s homecoming day.

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