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03:05 PM, December 10, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:21 PM, December 10, 2019

Use 'Joy Bangla' slogan at all state programmes: HC

The High Court today ruled that "Joy Bangla" slogan must be used at first and last of all the state programmes including the Victory Day and Independence Day.

The court directed the government to ensure that the "Joy Bangla" slogan is used at first and last of state programmes, Deputy Attorney General Abdullah-Al-Mahmud Bashar told The Daily Star.

During hearing a writ petition, the HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader also expressed dissatisfaction at the use of "Bangladesh Zindabad" slogan saying that such slogan is used in Pakistan, he said.

The DAG Bashar also said the HC bench fixed January 14 for further hearing on the writ petition.

The High Court on December 4 observed that “Joy Bangla” was the only slogan at home and abroad during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.

Even some poets, litterateurs and intellectuals of the then West Pakistan had chanted the slogan and therefore, they were arrested and sent to jail in 1971.

The bench said when the Pakistan occupation force shot freedom fighters during the war, freedom fighters embraced death chanting Joy Bangla.     

DAG Bashar that day supported the rule, and told the court that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had finished his historic March 7 speech with Joy Bangla, which is now a part of the constitution of the state.

Following a writ petition by Supreme Court lawyer Bashir Ahmed, another HC bench on December 4, 2017 issued the rule asking the government to explain why Joy Bangla should not be declared the national slogan.

In the petition, Advocate Bashir said Joy Bangla was the slogan of freedom fighters and people of Bangladesh during the Liberation War in 1971.

“Joy Bangla was the slogan of our independence and national unity and therefore it should remain as the national slogan -- a symbol of national spirit and patriotism,” he said in the petition.

Bashir Ahmed represented himself at the hearing on December 4.

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