For the people of Bangladesh and of course for the Prime Minister, her cabinet and the armed forces too, the year 2021 has assumed special significance as it not only marks the 50th anniversary of the Armed Forces Day, it also marks the 100th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation (Bangabandhu) Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
In order to celebrate both the days in great national spirit and with enthusiasm Defence Adviser of Bangladesh High Commission Brig General Abul Fazal Md Sanaullah and Mrs Shahida Fazal hosted a reception for the fellow Defence Attachés and diplomats and briefed them with what they called the heroic struggle of the brave Bangladesh army (regular and irregular both) for the independence of the country and against untold miseries.
High Commissioner of Bangladesh Ruhul Alam Siddique, senior civil and defence officers of the high commission, staff and their families all had made it a point that no guest should go unattended and from the beginning to the end of the reception they kept the guests, majority of them were of course fellow diplomats, defence attachés and Pakistani friends engaged.
Senator Talha Mehmood was the Chief Guest at the reception while among the noted guests included Dean of Diplomatic Corps Ambassador of Turkmenistan Atadjan Movlamov, Ambassador of Nepal Tapas Adhikari, Sri Lankan high commissioner Mohan Wijewickrama, Ambassador of Indonesia Adam M Tugio, the newly arrived Ambassador of Japan Wada Mitsuhiro, Palestine Ambassador Ahmed Jawad Amine Rabei, Ambassador of Vietnam Nguyen Tien Phong, Ambassador of Yemen Motahar Alashabi , Saudi Military Attaché Maj Gen Awadh bin Abdullah Al-Zahrani, Military Attaché of the Embassy of Azerbaijan Col Mehman Novruzov, DHM Malaysia Deddy Faisal, CEO of Serena Hotels Aziz Boolani, ambassadors, diplomats of Kyrgyzstan, SAARC, South Asian and ASEAN countries.
In his brief address the host of the ceremony Brig Gen Abul Fazal Md Sanaullah said today, all the Bangladeshi missions around the world and in their country are paying their deepest regards and tributes to the martyrs and fallen heroes who stood up on the clarion call of the Father of the Nation and refused to bow before the oppressors.