Country is set to observe the ‘Genocide Day’ on March 25 for the first time in the history amid holding of different programmes in the capital and elsewhere across the country, Agencies report.
Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq today said this at a press conference at the Press Information Department (PID) seminar room in Bangladesh Secretariat.
“Simultaneously, Bangladesh will submit an application to the United Nations by this month seeking its recognition of the Genocide Day on March 25” as the Pakistani occupation forces swooped on the innocent unarmed Bangalees on the day in 1971, the minister said.
Earlier, Jatiya Sangsad reached a consensus on declaring March 25 as Genocide Day on March 11 and subsequently the cabinet division in a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, unanimously endorsed the decision on March 20.
Later a gazette notification was also published in this regard on March 21. The liberation war affairs minister said Bangladesh government has drawn various programmes to mark the day with due respect.
As part of the programmes, a two-day photography exhibition will be held near the Independence Monument at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan reminding the atrocities committed on March 25, 1971.
Besides, a discussion meeting and cultural function will also be held there while almost cultural and discussion programmes will be held at district and upazila levels across the country on the occasion.
Liberation War Affairs Secretary Mahmud Reza Khan and concerned high officials were also present in the press conference.