The prime minister sought doa and cooperation of all to build a developed and prosperous Bangladesh free from terrorism, militancy, drugs and corruption.

“It’s my only expectations that you’ll pray for the country and people and so that we can establish a developed and prosperous Bangladesh free from terrorism, militancy, drugs and graft,” she said.

At the outset of her speech, the prime minister extended her Ramadan greetings to all and paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

“Bangabandhu had presented an independent state named Bangladesh to us and he wanted to build a hunger and poverty-free Sonar Bangla,” she said.

The prime minister said the Father of the Nation rebuilt the war-ravaged country within three and half years of its independence.

“Bangabandhu framed the maritime boundary law and set up earth satellite station … he also passed the historic land boundary law by signing agreement on which basis we exchanged enclaves with India,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said all political parties in India unanimously passed the Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh. “We’ve exchanged enclaves peacefully which I think created a history in the world,” Sheikh Hasina said.

The premier said following the footsteps of the Father of the Nation, her government is working relentlessly for the socioeconomic development of the people. “Bangladesh is now a role model of development in the world,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina reiterated her determination to build Bangladesh as a middle income country by 2021 and developed and prosperous one by 2041.

“We’ll also celebrate Mujib Barsho in 2020-2021, golden jubilee of independence in 2021 and centenary of independence in 2071 … we also adopted the Delta Plan-2100 so that the next generations get a developed and prosperous country and the uplift is sustainable,” she said.

Extending her Eid greetings to all in advance, the prime minister regretted that she will not stay in the country during the festival as she has some overseas tours at that time.

“I’m very sorry that I cannot stay in the Eid as I have a number of visits abroad … I’m going to Japan first, then I will visit to Saudi Arabia to attend the OIC Summit and from there I will go to Finland,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said she will go to Finland to see the newly-born granddaughter of her sister Sheikh Rehana “As I cannot stay in the Eid, I extend my heartiest Eid greetings to the countrymen and expatriate Bangladeshis in advance from this iftar mahfil,” she said.

Expressing hope that this Eid will be celebrated peacefully, the prime minister said the law enforcement agencies and intelligence agencies are working excellently to maintain law and order in the country.

“They’re containing terrorism and militancy in one hand, while they’re making every festival festive in other hand by sacrificing their everything,” she said extending her sincere thanks to the law enforcement agencies including Police and RAB.

Before the iftar, a special munajat was offered seeking continued peace, progress and prosperity of the nation. Senior Pesh Imam of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Mufti Maulana Mizanur Rahman conducted the munajat.

Prayers were also offered seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and other martyrs of the August 15 carnage and the martyrs of the Liberation War as well as long life and good health of the Prime Minister.

Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, AL general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, AL senior leaders Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Begum Matia Chowdhury and Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, Jatiya Party acting chairman GM Quader, Samybadi Dal general secretary Dilip Barua, deputy opposition leader in Parliament Raushon Ershad, JP general secretary Sheikh Shahidul Islam and Islami Oikya Jote chairman Misbahur Rahman Chowdhury, among others, were present with the Prime Minister at the dais.

Besides, ministers, MPs and politicians from different parties and 14-party alliance including Awami League, Jatiya Party, Jatiya Party (JP), Workers Party, JASOD, Ganotantri Party, Samyabadi Dal as well as leaders of AL’s associate bodies — Jubo League, Jubo Mohila League, Chhatra League, Krishak League, Mohila Awami League, Swechchhasebak League, Jatiya Sramik League, Mohila Sramik League– attended the iftar.

Senior leaders from many political parties who joined the dialogue with the Prime Minister before the December 30 general elections also attended the Iftar Mahfil.