Students vow to build country in the spirit of liberation war
At least 10,000 students yesterday took pledge to build the country keeping in their mind the true history of the liberation war and deep respect for the freedom fighters and wipe out the anti-liberation forces.
They took the vow at 'Muktir Utsab', a festival of freedom, which was organised by the Liberation War Museum at the Abahani playground in the city where the students from different schools across the country gathered to celebrate the liberty with festivity.
Speaking as chief guest State Minister for Liberation War Affairs Captain (retd) Tajul Islam said the new government will definitely start the process of the trial of war criminals as soon as possible.
“We are determined to begin the trial, but cannot provide any specific date at this moment. We hope the process will start this year,” said Tajul after receiving a written demand signed by 27,285 students.
Dr Md Jafar Iqbal of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology said the young generation is prepared to take the lead of the country.
He urged the children to learn the true history of the liberation war and hate the war criminals.
Jafar told The Daily Star that he feels proud to see a crowd of children who are inspired with the spirit of the liberation war at such an early age.
“These children could not fight the liberation war in 1971, but still they have the opportunity to fight a social war against discriminations and miseries,” said Raqibul Hasan, former cricketer and freedom fighter.
Talking to The Daily Star he said, “We are inspired to have such a patriotic young generation who will definitely work for the ultimate welfare of the country.”
Sandhya Rani Mree, an indigenous freedom fighter, said their dreams for a happy and prosperous country would be materialised one day at the initiatives of these fresh faces.
Trustee of the Liberation War Museum Aly Zaker, Sarwar Ali and Mafidul Haque also spoke on the occasion.
The programme was rounded off with a cultural programme with the participation of students and some noted singers.