Bangladesh High Commission
New Delhi, India
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Headline: BD New Delhi mission observes Genocide Day
New Delhi, March 25:- Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi today observed Genocide Day marking the atrocities and massacres committed by the Pakistani military on the civilian Bengalees on the black day of March 25 in 1971.
Speakers at a panel discussion reminisced the horror of the night during which the marauding Pakistani troops, armed with sophisticated weapons, cracked down in Dhaka and several other cities in campaign codenamed: Operation Searchlight. They also paid homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman under whose leadership the Bengalees fought nine months of liberation war that culminated in victory on December 16 in 1971.
During the nine months Pakistani military killed three million civilians making it one of the world’s worst genocide.
In his speech High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali urged the United Nations and the international community to come forward to declare March 25 as Genocide Day to build public awareness across the world about such atrocities against humanity.
Jayanta Ghosal, New Delhi Bureau Chief of Anandabazar Patrika and Prof. Sanjay Bhardwaj of JNU were the panel discussants, while it was moderated by Deputy High Commissioner A.T.M. Rokebul Haque.
Minister (Press) Farid Hossain and Counsellor Jamal Uddin Ahmed read the messages from President Md. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina respectively.
Stop Genocide, a documentary by Jahir Raihan, was screened.
The audience observed one-minute silence remembering the victims of the genocide.
Arsuda Khan, second secretary, conducted the programme, which was largely attended joint secretary of the ministry of external affairs Sripriya Ranganathan, foreign diplomats, local academics, elite and expatriate Bangladeshis.
Syed Muazzem Ali, High commissioner speaks on Genocide day at Bangladesh High Commission, New Delhi on 25 March 2018
Speakers at panel discussions on Genocide Day at Bangladesh High Commission on Sunday 25 March