Bangladesh embassy in Doha on Saturday observed the 45th anniversary of the martyrdom of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Mourning Day.
On the occasion, the national flag was hoisted at half-mast. Recitation of the Holy Qur'an was done from early in the morning seeking the salvation of the departed souls of Bangabandhu and his family members who were killed on August 15, 1975, the embassy said in a statement.
A floral wreath was laid at a portrait of Bangabandhu to pay tribute to the Father of the Nation for his great contribution to the independence of Bangladesh.
Messages delivered on the day by Bangladesh's president, prime minister, foreign minister and state minister for foreign affairs were read out before the gathering. A self-composed poem on Bangabandhu was recited by the vice-principal of Bangladesh MHM School in Qatar.
In his remarks, ambassador Ashud Ahmed paid homage to the memory of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman whose historic leadership "ushered the Bengali nation to its long-cherished dream of independence", the statement noted.
He applauded the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, daughter of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, "who has uplifted Bangladesh as the role model of development in the comity of nations".
He called upon all members of the Bangladeshi community to uphold the image of Bangladesh in Qatar in line with the government's efforts to turn the country into 'Golden Bengal' .
A documentary titled 'Bangabandhu bojre tomar baje bashi' was screened to highlight the life and work of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. A Milad and special prayer was held to "seek eternal salvation of all martyrs and peace and prosperity of Bangladesh".
A good number of people representing different professions, political and community organisations in Qatar participated in the observance of the National Mourning Day.
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