Jamaat Ameer to the nation on the eve of 50 years celebration of Independence

Let us forget and ignore hatred, jealousy and vengeance to become more united

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami’s Ameer Dr. Shafiqur Rahman has said that national unity and consensus has not been established even 50 years after the independence. It is difficult to protect national independence and sovereignty with broad based and coordinated efforts. But regrettably, instead of national unity, an environment of disunity and chaos has been created intentionally. Jamaat Ameer said, all the existing problems should be resolved through united efforts. It is our duty to preserve and protect our independence and sovereignty. On the eve of 50 years of our independence, the nation should be built not with division and disunity, rather with national unity. Despite all the barriers, obstructions and adversities, Jamaat had vocal on the street against all misdeeds and misrules and the party will continue to follow same strategy in the upcoming days as well. So, it is our open call to the ruling authorities and all concerned sections, let us celebrate the glorious event of golden jubilee of our independence by prioritizing national interest to practice decent and constructive politics. Let us, people of all classes, sections and professions be united. Let us go ahead to build a justified and balanced Bangladesh.

He said this while addressing the nation at 7 pm this evening through online platform. Among others, Jamaat-e-Islami’s Nayeb-e-Ameer Professor Mujibur Rahman, ANM Shamsul Islam, Secretary General Professor Mia Golam Porwar, Assistant Secretary General Maulana Rafiqul Islam Khan, Advocate Moazzem Hossen Helal, central publicity Affairs Secretary Matiur Rahman Akanda, central executive committee member and Dhaka south city Ameer Nurul Islam Bulbul, Dhaka North city Ameer Muhammad Salim Uddin, central executive committee member Abdur Rab, Shahabuddin, Ijjot Ullah, Mobarak Hossain, Sramik Kollan Federation’s Vice President Professor Harunur Rashid, academician Professor Kurban Ali, Dr. Khalilur Rahman Madani, Dhaka South city Jamaat’s Nayeb-e-Ameer Monjurul Islam Bhuiyan, Secretary Dr. Shafiqul Islam Masud, Dhaka North city Jamaat’s Nayeb-e-Ameer Abdur Rahman Musa, Secretary Dr. Rezaul Karim, Dhaka south city Jamaart’s Assistant Secretary Advocate Dr. Helal Uddin, Delwar Hosaain and Abdul Jabbar, Dhaka North city’s Assistant Secretary Mahfuzur Rahman, former central President of Islami Chhatrashibir Sirazul Islam, Islami Chhatrashibir’s Secretary General Rashedul Islam were present on the occasion.

At the onset of the speech, Jamaat Ameer praised Allah and expressed his gratitude for getting the chance of celebrating 50 years of the emergence of Bangladesh as an independent and sovereign nation. He also congratulated and hailed the countrymen on this occasion on behalf of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami. He said, at this auspicious moment, I do respectfully remember all the martyrs and valiant freedom fights of our liberation war. In particular, I am recalling the contribution of the architect of independent Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, martyr President Ziaur Rahman, Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani and commander in chief of our forces during the liberation war General MAG Osmani. Besides, who had sacrificed their lives to establish democracy, rule of law, justice, human rights, voting rights and also to ensure socio-economic development of the country. I am also remembering all the great soldiers our armed forces who were killed during the mutiny in Pilkhana headquarter.

On this occasion, Jamaat Ameer also recalled Jamaat’s former Ameer and language movement hero Professor Ghulam Azam, former Ameer and minister Maulana Matiur Rahman Nizami, former Secretary General and minister Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, Abdul Quader Molla and Mir Quasem Ali, who had worked throughout their lives to establish Bangladesh a welfare state based on justice and equality. May Allah accept all of them as martyrs.

Jamaat Ameer also remembered Shaikhul Hadith Maulana AKM Yousuf, 5 times elected MP Maulana Abdus Subhan who had died inside the prison due to government’s oppression. He also recalled Professor AKM Nazir Ahmad, who had suffered inhumanly due to government’s repression and left this world with severe mental and psychological pain. He also respectfully mentioned world-renowned Quranic scholar and former MP Allama Delwar Hossain Sayedee and Assistant Secretary General ATM Azharul Islam, who have been remaining behind the bar for last 11 years because of the political vengeance of the government.

Jamaat Ameer said, thousands of leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and Chhatrashibir are in the prison in connection with some false and politically motivated cases. A significant number of leaders and activists have become the victim of extra judicial killings. Many activists have become crippled as they faced brutal torture and persecution of the government. Many party men have become the victims of enforced disappearance. He urged the government to return all the missing people back to their families. He extended his sympathy to the victim families and demanded immediate release of all opposition party leaders and activists.

Jamaat Ameer said, Bangladesh has emerged as an independent nation in the global map through an independence war and in exchange of so many lives. Basic purposes of our freedom fighting were to ensure democracy, rule of law, human rights, freedom of speeches, rights to live and financial freedom. People at that time had expected that following the independence, they will get guarantee of securing basic rights, voting rights to elect people as per their choice, guarantee to live with dignity and honor and will enjoy the right to hold procession and rallies and speech. But unfortunately, we are losing everything.

About the achievement of Bangladesh in last 50 years, he said it is fact that Bangladesh has achieved many things in 50 years. We have an independent nation, a flag. Our army, BGB, police got recognition and appreciation across the globe. In the border area, BGB played a courageous role that bolstered the strength and courage of the people to safeguard sovereignty. The role of Bangladesh armed forces and policemen in the peace mission has secured a dignified position of Bangladesh.

He said, based on the relentless efforts and hard work, the industry, trade and business, bank, insurances and other financial activities get a pace. Lots of bridge, roads, culvert have been built over various rivers including Jamuna, Meghna, Gomoti, Buriganga and Brahmaputra. Communication and transportation services have attained a huge success. Padma bridge structure, which has connected the southern and western region of the country is visible now. Communication network between the capital and the remote areas have opened a new horizon of potentials. Air communications have begun between the main cities. Number of schools, college and universities have increased significantly. Cultural, literature and creative arena have expanded immensely. Millions of Bangladeshi expatriates are working in various countries of the world and earned huge amount of remittances which has facilitated the economic activities of the country. The hard works of the labors and the owners have turned RMG sector as the biggest economic sector. Agricultural and rural economic advancement also pacified the national growth.

Regarding the uncertainty of political rights, he said along with the aforesaid achievements, at this auspicious moment of golden jubilee of our independence, we discover that, after crossing half a century, Bangladesh has turned into a nation without due rights. Constitutionally, Bangladesh is a democratic country, but practically it is a nation without democracy. In a democratic state, people’s rights get highest priority. If the people’s rights are denied, the lives become meaningless. Constitution is the highest law of the country. Being loyal to the constitution, the government should be accountable to discharge its duty. It is the duty of the government to ensure the safety and security of the citizens. But the present government totally failed to conduct such duty. Due to divisive policy of the government, the nation is facing severe political stalemate. Constitutional and democratic institutions have become invalid. People’s democratic rights, including their constitutionally guaranteed basic rights, voting rights, rights to live with dignity, rights to speech have been hijacked. People have no scope to express themselves freely. Citizen’s fundamental rights have been subdued. At this moment of 50 years of our independence, the biggest challenge to the people is to secure their political and citizen rights.

Jamaat Ameer said, the people of Bangladesh have struggled a lot to establish their voting rights. After a long history of struggle and movement, the system of caretaker government had been introduced in the constitution in a bid to hold a free, fair and credible election. But the present government scrapped that system. Resultantly, there is no room for peaceful election in Bangladesh now. Unprecedented irregularities like capturing the poll centers, fake vote casting, hijacking ballot boxes and casting votes even a night before the election, have ruined the entire electoral system. People have no interest for election, which is truly alarming. In this very year of independence’s golden jubilee, we have watched unbearable irregularities with the local government election, which is shameful for us.

Dr. Shafiqur Rahman said, national unity and consensus is needed to ensure national development, advancement and similarly for protecting independence and sovereignty. But unfortunately, there are a severe crisis with disunity, division and chaos. In other countries of the world, political parties and the government, irrespective of their differences, work together for ensuring development and prosperity. But we are lagging far behind in this area. There is no culture of mutual respect and honor. Trend of vengeance, jealousy, blame game, eradicating attitudes have kept the nation divided. The government has the mentality of suppressing the opposition quarters at any cost which is causing more instability in the country. People’s constructive role and contributions have been denied just because of political differences. High prolific figures are being insulted which intensified the culture of division. In the parliamentary democratic system, the role of ruling party and the oppositions are complementary. Under democratic system, strong opposition is genuinely required. But in Bangladesh, opposition party and its activities are being considered as a threat for the ruling authority. Peace and stability are seriously being disturbed in Bangladesh due to political vengeance.

He said, education is the backbone of the nation. Education’s role is inevitable to build idealistic, moral and patriot citizen. In 50 years, we could not introduce any educational system based on the national ideology and beliefs of the general masses. As such, our future generations are remaining deprived from moral values even at the beginning of their lives. The Universities have been transformed into a safe abode to political cadres. Instead of education and research, higher academic institutions have turned into the torture cell of the political cadre forces. In 50 years, the environments of our educational institutions have become highly polluted due to grabbing dormitories and seats, tender terrorism, extortion, oppressing the dissidents, murder and tortures. While appointing teachers, party loyalty has been considered more rather than quality and skills and as such the standard of education became degraded.

Regarding Digital Security Act Jamaat Ameer said, the valiant sons of this soil had initiated liberation war in order to ensure freedom of speeches. But after the liberation war, many attempts have been made to subdue people’s voices. Newspaper and media activities came under direct interference. The government enacted a law in the parliament titled ‘Digital Security Act’ to snatch people’s freedom of speech away. The Editorial council, journalist communities, opposition parties, intellectuals and people of different classes and professions urged the government not to pass the act. But defying those views, the government passed the act. The act paved the way for detaining and torturing journalist and general people with dissident views.

About the health sector, he said receiving care and medical treatment is people’s basic rights. The health sector has been damaged and effected due to corruption and mismanagement. The covid-19 pandemic situation has exposed some pictures of corruption in the health sector. But the actual picture is worse than ever. In 50 years, we could not build our health sector under government’s management. UN’s Economic & Social Commission for Asia And the Pacific’s recent report claimed that, as per the GDP, among 52 Asian and Pacific countries, Bangladeshi authority allocates the lowest amount for health sector. Anti-Corruption Commission also identified 11 areas of the health sectors as the most corrupted. The experts opined that the health section is struggling due to such corruptions and mismanagement. Government’s reluctance, unskilled initiatives, poor management and lack of medical items caused huge suffering for the health staffs while tackling covid-19 pandemic situation. People even experienced forgery with the covid-19 test as well.

About the law-and-order situation, Jamaat Ameer said that one of the basic targets of our independence was to ensure public safety. But regrettably, public lives are not secured now. People are suffering from utmost insecurity. Crimes and anarchy have spread like anything. The nation is deeply worried with the increasing rate of murder, abduction, torture against women and children and extra judicial killings. Human rights situation has deteriorated than ever. Law enforcers are being used to oppress the opponent political parties. As the police forces are being used politically so instead of their professionalism, crime tendency has increased within this force alarmingly. Many policemen got involved with consuming drugs and narcotic business. In particular, rape has become the biggest criminal phenomenon after 50 years of independence. Rapes are being committed in broad day light. Women and girls are being raped in running buses or in the hospitals, wives are being raped in front of her husband and mother and daughter are being raped at a time. Even the ladies with disabilities are not spared from being raped. Incidents of gang rapes have increased as well. From baby daughter to the aged lady, nobody is safe now.

Under the direct backing of the government, some members of the law enforcement entities are getting involved with crimes like murder. Retired army men or the general masses, many people are becoming the victims of the law enforcer’s offences. The convicted and penalty awarded personnel are often being forgiven on political consideration which are making the offenders more desperate. 

About the economic condition, Jamaat Ameer said, by dint of people’s hard works and efforts, huge potentiality was created in the economic sector of Bangladesh. Agriculture, industry, business- all sections have attained a pace. But because of the corruption, political bribery and misrule, the money embezzlements of the opportunist quarters have caused a major collapse to the economy. Ministers, law makers, ruling party leaders combinedly made a den of corrupts. They vanished thousands of crores of taka from the capital market. Money was looted from the banking sector as well. Destiny, hallmark and casino scandal will be treated as the stigmatized chapter of Bangladeshi economy. Incident of human trafficking and money laundering caused disaster to the national economy. It also tarnished our good image in the global arena. In the name of importing items, huge amount of money is being laundered. Loan scams and misuse of loans have turned into a common scenario now days. State owned organizations are over burdened with loans. These institutions take loans but never pay back. A ruling party lawmaker has been accused and sentenced to imprisonment in another country, which becomes a major blow to our global image.

Jamaat Ameer said, right now we have to admit regrettably that, the money of the central bank’s reserve fund, which has been formed with the money of the citizens has been stolen. It is the biggest scam in the banking history of Bangladesh. It also ruined our national image. On 4 February of 2016, 8 crore 10 lac one thousand and 623 dollar has been stolen from the reserve fund. The prosecutor took time 46 time in this case but could not submit the investigation report so far in this regard.

He said, crimes like tender terrorism, extortion, bribery, embezzlement, drug business, irregularities in relief distribution and money laundering are being committed under direct backing of the government which genuinely halted the economic pace. The ruling party leaders and activists managed to store huge money and property. The general masses are suffering because of this corruption. Corruption is the biggest barrier to national progress, advancement and poverty alleviation activities. It is undeniably regrettable fact that Bangladesh has stood in the 12th position out of 180 country in the global corruption index.

Jamaat Ameer said about the rural economy that Bangladesh is an agriculture-based country. For a long time, agriculture has been playing the key role in the financial sector of this country. Jutes of Bangladesh was regarded once as golden fiber. Bangladesh earned huge amount of money by exporting jutes. But gradually all the state own jute mills and factories are being declared closed. He said, hundreds of thousands of people are being employed through various efforts in fisheries, poultry and agricultural sector but the government is not taking any effective measures to expand rural agriculture and other economical services. Even now, our farmers are deprived from getting fertilizers and insecticides with due prices. The entire agricultural sector is in wary as the authority failed to ensure due price of the agro-based products. No market management system has been established so far.

About the judicial field Dr. Shafiqur Rahman said, it is the basic right of the citizen to get justice. But unfortunately, justice is far cry. The entire judiciary is in misery. Judges are not being appointed on their qualities, rather they are being selected on political consideration. Government is creating pressure on judges to ensure their like-minded verdict. If a judge denies to do so, he has to face troubles. The lower courts have turned into subservient institutions of the government. In many occasions, they are not following the directives of the higher courts. Many people are passing days behind the bar without any trial and prosecution. Political issues have been taken into the court and subsequently court becomes controversial by taking a stand on these political issues. Government forced a former chief justice to leave the country which truly exposed the deplorable condition of judiciary. Though, verbally many people are talking about independent judiciary but practically it is absent now.

About the cultural aggression he said, local heritage and culture and moral and social values are neglected and ignored now. Foreign cultures are being forcefully imposed now in the name of culture. Foreign movies, short films, web series, vulgar films are destroying the youth communities, mostly their characters. As its impact, our academic and social institutions are suffering miserably and criminal offences like drug addition, murder and rapes have increased alarmingly.

About the border killings, Jamaat Ameer said, India is our neighboring country. As the neighboring country, there should be friendly relation. But in last 50 years, many burning issues with India have not settled. Bangladeshi civil citizens are being murdered in the border area regularly. Indian border security force, BSF has killed highest number of Bangladeshi civilians only in 2020. In 2007, BSF members murdered a young Bangladeshi girl named Felani and hung her dead body in the border fence. In the trial of that case, all the accused BSF members got acquittal. Bangladesh never vehemently protested such border killings rather in various occasion, Bangladesh’s foreign minister and BGB chief praised the BSF forces.

Mentioning Jamaat’s historic role Jamaat Ameer said, Bangladesh is a land of potentials. Jamaat wants to build this country as a hunger and poverty free prosperous country. Jamaat-e-Islami has been working with this mission and vision. Since the onset, Jamaat has been working to build ideal citizen, nurturing moral characters, providing treatment to the citizens, alleviating poverty and unemployment and empowering the youth. Jamaat has been doing all these things for the national interest. In all the previous justifiable movement, particularly in the movement for establishing rule of law, justice and human rights, Jamaat always played a constructive and positive role.

Regarding the caretaker government system, Dr. Shafiqur Rahman said, the basic part of democracy is to hold a free, fair and credible election. Jamaat-e-Islami placed the proposal of caretaker government system before the nation in bid to reform the existing electoral system and also to ensure a free and participatory election. Under this caretaker system, national election of 1991, 1996 and 2001 held and got appreciation from all local and global quarters. But to linger its tenure, the present government scrapped this acceptable system in 2011 ignoring the views of the people. Such wrongful decision of the government originated the political crisis in a new way.

Terming Jamaat as an election-oriented party, he said, Jamaat believes that election is the only credible way of transferring power. Jamaat-e-Islami has participated in all the national elections and Jamaat had representatives in parliament till the 10th parliament. Jamaat secured 6 MPs in 1979, 10 in 1986, 18 MPs in 1991, 3 MPs in 1996 and 17 MPs and 3 female MPs in 2001 and 2 MPs in 2008 election. Jamaat MPs have set example of constructive role in the parliament. Jamaat always played pivotal role to ensure true and congenial atmosphere of democracy. To ensure democratic environment, there is no alternative but holding a free, fair, credible and participatory election and to do so a non-party interim government for election period and fair election commission are earnestly required.

Jamaat Ameer said, during 2001-2006 tenue, Jamaat Ameer Maulana Matiur Rahman Nizami served the nation for two years as Agriculture Minister and following three years as the minister of industries. Jamaat’s Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid also discharged duty as the Social Welfare Minister. Both of these ministers discharged duties with honesty, sincerity and transparency and created a new history in Bangladesh.

In regards to the reform to the judicial sector, Dr. Shafiqur Rahman said, Jamaat-e-Islami has been making efforts from the beginning to ensure an independent judicial system. Jamaat strongly think that rule of law can be established through establishing independent judicial system. In that cases, judges and justices have to work with a mentality to remain accountable to their good conscience. Jamaat has been playing constructive role to ensure justice, equity, human rights and congenial atmosphere in the judicial field.

About the health sector, he said, getting health services is one of the basic rights of the people. Jamaat-e-Islami has worked positively to improve the health management system. Jamaat leaders and activists are working in the capital and their own areas to ensure health care and facilities for the people. Jamaat took the side of the people and served door to door during the corona pandemic situation in recent times.

About disaster management, he said, Jamaat helped and assisted the people during the massive flood of 1988, tornedo and cyclone of 1991 and all the subsequent natural disasters including sidr, Amphan and Aaila. During the natural calamities and recent pandemic situation, Jamaat distributed relief to the grassroots people and took arrangement to bury the people, who died of covid-19. Besides, Jamaat is trying to help the victims of road accidents, blaze, road and launch capsize incident.

In regards to the social welfare activities, Jamaat Ameer said, Jamaat has continued its role to ensure public welfare. Jamaat-e-Islami has been conducting social activities such as providing financial assistances to the poor, employing unemployed youth, distributing academic items, marriage, cleanliness drive, mosquito control measures, serving the patients, helping people to get treatment, voluntary blood donation, free medical camp, mobile school, madrasa, technical assistance, tree plantation, supporting people during natural disaster, relief distribution, maternity service etc.

About the expansion of Islamic politics, Jamaat Ameer said. Amid the uncertain political condition, Jamaat-e-Islami launched ideology-based politics. Earlier, politics was considered as haram or prohibited. Observing Jamaat’s activities, the religious scholars, preachers and Islamic personalities realized the importance of Islamic politics. To build a nation, society and state on the basis of Islamic ideology, firstly ideologically standard leaders and activists should be created first. Jamaat-e-Islami has a huge collection of Islamic literature. Jamaat facilitates Islamic politics in Bangladesh. Jamaat has become able to draw the attention of the people through its constructive, systematic and political activities. Jamaat’s movement to establish Islam as the complete code of life, created hope among the fellow countrymen. Jamaat is producing qualified leaders and activists to meet its target.

Putting emphasis on the national unity based on Islam, he said Jamaat-e-Islami has been relentlessly working to form a national unity with the patriotic citizen, Islamic parties, respected religious leaders and Islamic personalities, Islamic thinkers, authors, researchers, preacher of Quran, Imam and Muazzin of the mosque and other people based on Islamic values. Keeping the religious personnel at the dignified position, Jamaat-e-Islami is trying to make this unity. By holding Olama conference in 2006 and with its current activities, Jamaat is also making effort to create a bridge between the religious personalities of the country.

About the character reforms of the youth community, he said, the youth is the key power of a nation. The youth section had led in all the successful movement and qualitative change of the world. Jamaat-e-Islami has undertaken lots of efforts to save our youth from the grasp of indecency, vulgarity, cultural aggression, drug consumption, and creating public awareness. Jamaat-e-Islami are playing effective role to nurture youth character, ethical training and ingraining values.

Referring Jamaat’s role to preserve and protect independence and sovereignty, he said, Jamaat-e-Islami has been playing strong role as the vanguard of this nation. Jamaat always protested the initiatives that goes against the national interest. Jamaat leaders and activists are ready to sacrifice anything to protect country’s independence and sovereignty. When our neighboring country took initiative to turn this land into a desert by creating a dam in upper stream, Jamaat instantly protested such steps. The party also played historic role against the construction of Tipaimukh dam, Farakka barrage and dam on the Teesta river.

About Jamaat’s role in the global arena, Jamaat Ameer said, Jamaat-e-Islami has been playing crucial role in communicating with different countries, Islamic organizations, Islamic personalities and different human rights watchdogs. Jamaat has protested all the incidents of human rights violation in the global arena. Jamaat-e-Islami has raised its voice against the oppression and torture against Kashmir violence, Palestine massacres, Russian aggression in Afghanistan, tortures against Muslims in Bosnia and Chechnya, massacre in Algeria, crackdown against Muslims in Assam, demolition of historic Babri Mosque, Rohingya genocide in Myanmar and torture against Uighur Muslims of China. Jamaat has tried its level best to help the Rohingya Muslims, who were forced to take shelter in Bangladesh in wake of unprecedented tortures and persecution of the Myanmar monks and the security forces.

Regarding the rights of the Non-Muslim community, he said, Jamaat-e-Islami has played significant roles to preserve and protect the religious and citizen rights of the non-Muslim community. Jamaat has helped them by rehabilitations, constructing houses and ensuring employment. Jamaat activists also discharged duties as guards to protect and preserve the religious spots and prayer place of these people.

Quoting Jamaat’s role against terrorism and militancy, he said Jamaat-e-Islami since the beginning has raised its voice against all sorts of terrorism, anarchy and militancy. Jamaat always tried to give reply to the negativity with positive attitude. In 50 years, Jamaat leaders and activists became the highest victim of torture and oppression. Even though, Jamaat had been blamed for such misdeeds. At that time, Jamaat’s the then Ameer Maulana Matiur Rahman Nizami refuted all the allegations and throwing challenge saying that, if any can prove that Chhatrashibir makes the first attack then I will quit politics. Jamaat repeatedly said if the allegation of any Jamaat activist is proved then we are ready to hand them over to the law enforcers. Nobody can reply these challenges of Jamaat-e-Islami so far.

Jamaat will continue its constructive activities in the upcoming days, saying this Jamaat Ameer stated that, Jamaat, since the establishment, has been working in a systematic and democratic way to ensure public welfare. Bangladesh is a land of communal harmony. People of different religions and faiths have been living in this country for years. We are against all kinds of terrorism and extremism. We are not inclined to achieve power by any unreasonable means. Jamaat-e-Islami is determined to ensure peoples justified and logical rights. Jamaat has come in today’s position after a long era of sacrifice, oppression and torture. The sacrifices of our martyrs have strengthened our movement.

He said, Bangladesh belongs to all of us. We have to resolve its existing crisis by united efforts. It is our duty and obligation to protect the independence and sovereignty of this country. While observing 50 years of our independence, we should make the vow to build this country not with division, rather with unity. Despite all the obstructions and oppressions, Jamaat has always remained vocal against all misdeeds and misrules. Jamaat will continue its constructive politics with the help and assistances of all quarters. At this auspicious moment, it is our sincere call to the ruling parties and all other parties and concerned quarters, let us do decent and constructive politics by prioritizing national interest. Let us ignore and defy all kinds of jealousy and divisions and make an iron-based unity among the religious scholars, teachers, journalists, intellectuals, students, youths, labors, farmers and people of all other professions. Let us go forward to build a peaceful happy and prosperous Bangladesh.

Declared programs: Marking 50 years of our independence, Jamaat Ameer urged all the wings and front organizations to observe the following programs: procession/rallies at grassroots levels, holding discussion on the achievement and expectation in last 50 years, to publish booklets, providing gifts to the freedom fighters, helping the freedom fighters in repairing their houses, providing financial assistances to the non-solvent freedom fighters, organizing free medical camp and blood donation program, distributing foods among the helpless, orphans, street children and poor, Quran recitation program, organizing sports and cultural events and most of all praying for the valiant sons of this soil who had sacrificed their lives for the independence of this country and simultaneously for those souls who had made the highest sacrifice to protect independence and sovereignty. He urged the party men to make these declared programs successful and gave instructions accordingly.