Bangladesh High Commission in Islamabad observed the ‘Genocide Day’ in a befitting manner on Sunday.
The event began with a black-out of the Chancery premises and observation of silence for one minute at 9pm Bangladesh time (8pm local) in a show of respect to the martyrs of the War of Liberation in 1971, particularly the victims of 25th March.
This was followed by a procession by all members of the High Commission led by High Commissioner Tarik Ahsan holding candles alight.
A good number of posters on the genocide of Bangladesh were put on display at the premises.
This was followed by a discussion meeting organized by the High Commission.
Members of expatriate Bangladesh community, officials and staff of the High Commission participated, said a press release.
The discussion meeting began with reading out of the messages released on this occasion by the President and Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
The speakers condemned the unprovoked attack that killed thousands of innocent and unarmed Bangalees during the black night as March 25th gave way to 26th in 1971, marking the start of the notorious ‘Operation Searchlight’, as the mission was called by the Pakistan army.
The speakers remarked that the barbaric act is unmatched in the annals of genocide that had taken place after World War II.
Taking part in the discussion, High Commissioner Tarik Ahsan denounced the barbaric and treacherous killing spree by occupation forces. He recalled that this triggered the declaration of independence and call for war of liberation by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The envoy said the occupation forces and their collaborators went on a cowardly and rampant campaign of killing, rape, torture, arson and plunder on innocent people of Bangladesh throughout the 9-month War of Liberation.
He paid rich tributes to Bangabandhu and all martyrs of the War of Liberation.
The High Commissioner said as part of the civilized world, Bangladesh needs to disseminate the message of this Genocide Day around the world and has a moral responsibility to enlighten the world with the message of humanity by molding a robust global opinion against genocide.
After the discussion, special munajat was offered for the salvation and eternal peace of the souls of the martyrs of the War of Liberation.
Later, a documentary on the genocide in 1971 was screened.unb