The Bangladesh embassy in Doha on Thursday observed the 44th anniversary of the martyrdom of Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and National Mourning Day with due solemnity.
On the occasion, the national flag was hoisted at half-mast to commemorate the martyrdom of Bangabandhu and his family members, who who were killed on August 15, 1975, the embassy said in a statement.
The occasion was marked by recitation of the holy Qur'an, and a floral wreath was also laid at a portrait of Bangabandhu on behalf of the embassy, the Bangladesh school and different political and community organisations in Qatar to pay tribute to the Father of the Nation for his great contribution to the independence of Bangladesh.
Messages delivered on the day by the president, prime minister, foreign minister and state minister for foreign affairs of Bangladesh were read out before the gathering.
In his remarks, ambassador Ashud Ahmed paid homage to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman whose "heroic leadership ushered the Bengali nation to its long-cherished dream of independence", the statement noted. He applauded the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, daughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who has "uplifted Bangladesh as a role model of development in the comity of nations".
The envoy reaffirmed his commitment to render maximum services to the people in line with the government’s efforts to turn Bangladesh into ‘Golden Bengal’.
He also took the opportunity to call upon all members of the Bangladeshi community in Qatar to abide by the law and uphold the image of Bangladesh in Qatar.
A documentary titled ‘Our Bangabandhu’ was screened to highlight the life and work of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. A Milad and special prayer was held "to seek eternal salvation of all martyrs and the peace and prosperity of Bangladesh".
A large number of people representing different professions, political and community organisations in Qatar participated in the observance of National Mourning Day.
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