Bangladesh celebrated the 47th Victory Day on Saturday marking the most precious moments when the country was liberated from Pakistani occupation forces after nine-month-long bloodstained War of Liberation.
Forty-six years ago on December 16 in 1971, Bangladesh was born as an independent country under the leadership of the Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and the supreme sacrifice of three million people and the honour of nearly half a million women.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave separate messages on the eve of the Day.
The President said Bangladesh is now considered as a role model in the world for socio-economic development. This has been possible due to intellectual-mind, tireless hard work and undaunted courage of its people, he added.
''December 16 is our victory day, a glorious and memorable day in the history of the Bengali nation. On the eve of the day, I extend my sincere felicitations and warm congratulations to my fellow countrymen living at home and abroad," the President added.
The Prime Minister urged all to come and uphold the development and democratic spree being imbued with the spirit of the freedom struggle. ''Let us engage ourselves for the welfare of the country. Let this be our vow on the Victory Day of 2017,'' she said.