Historic 6-Point Day observed

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DHAKA, June 7, 2021 (BSS) – The historic Six-Point Day, marking the demand for autonomy for the then East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, was observed today on a limited scale with maintaining health guidelines in view of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Awami League (AL), its associate bodies and other organizations paid homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his portrait in front of Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi-32 here.

On behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Road Transport and Bridges Minister and AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader placed wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu in the morning. Later, Quader along with party leaders placed another wreath at Bangabandhu’s portrait.

After paying homage, they stood in silence for few moments.

AL Presidium Members Begum Matia Chowdhury, Dr Abdur Razzaque, Shajahan Khan and Advocate Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Information and Broadcasting Minister and AL Joint General Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud, Joint General Secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif and AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Organizing Secretaries BM Mozammel Haque, Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapan, SM Kamal Hossain, Advocate Afjal Hossain and Mirza Azam, Relief and Social Welfare Secretary Sujit Roy Nandi, Science and Technology Affairs Secretary Engineer Abdus Sabur, Publicity and Publications Secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap, Office Secretary Barrister Biplab Barua, Deputy Office Secretary Sayeem Khan and Central Working Committee Members Dr Mustafa Jalal Mohiuddin, were present on the occasion, among others.

Earlier, national and party flags were hoisted atop AL offices across the country in the dawn.

After the end of paying of homage by AL, the party’s different units, associate and like-minded bodies paid homage to Bangabandhu by placing wreaths at his portrait.

AL’s Dhaka city north and south units, Awami Jubo League, Awami Swechchhasebak League, Krishak League, Bangladesh Chhatra League, Mohila Awami League, Jubo Mohila League, Jatiya Sramik League, Bangabandhu Parishad, Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote and other organizations paid homage to Bangabandhu.

Besides, National Implementation Committee for Birth Centenary Celebration of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman paid homage to Bangabandhu by placing a wreath at the mural of Bangabandhu on the premises of International Mother Language Institute n the morning.

Chief Coordinator of the committee Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, International Mother Language Institute Director General Prof Jinat Imtiaz Ali, journalist Subhash Singha Roy and national implementation committee office’s additional secretary Mohammad Emdad Ullah Mian were present among others.

On June 7 in 1966, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman launched a massive movement against the misrule of the Pakistanis on the basis of the six-point demand, the Magna Carta of the Bengalis demanding autonomy for the then East Pakistan.

Eleven people, including Manu Mian, Shafique and Shamsul Haque, were gunned down by the police and paramilitary EPR on June 7, 1966 in Dhaka and Narayanganj during a hartal called for the release of Bangabandhu and other leaders detained for launching the Six-Point Movement against the then barbaric ruling clique.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman launched his historic six-point political and economic programme in Lahore on February 5 in 1966, aiming at attaining greater autonomy for the then East Pakistan in the backdrop of exploitation and discrimination by the then Pakistani rulers.

The six demands were – creating provision in the constitution for a Federation of Pakistan in its true sense based on the Lahore Resolution, the federal government will deal with only two subjects: Defence and Foreign Affairs, introduction of two separate, but freely convertible currencies for East and West Pakistan, vesting the power of taxation and revenue collection with the federating units, maintaining two separate accounts for the foreign exchange earnings of the two wings and creation a separate militia or paramilitary force for East Pakistan.