Ansar Ahmed Ullah :: Britain will always remain with Bangladesh in its stride towards development said British MPs at an event to celebrate Bangladesh’s Independence Day on 27 March at the UK Houses of Parliament organised by the UK Awami League.
In an historic event up to sixty MPs from the ruling Conservative Party, opposition Labour Party, Scottish National Party including the three Bengali MPs Rushanara Ali, Rupa Huq & Tulip Siddiq attended the celebratory event.
The event was hosted by Jim Fitzpatrick MP. The event was chaired by Sultan Shariff, UK Awami League’s president and conducted by Awami League’s general secretary Syed Faruk.
In condemning the recent terror attack outside British parliament and in Sylhet, Bangladesh the MPs said we must remain vigilant against extremism and terrorism. They also added we should ensure democracy doesn’t lose out to terrorism.
The MPs reminded that Britain was on the side Bangladesh during its liberation struggle, has remain a good friend for the last forty six years and will continue to do so. It’s important to celebrate the hard earned independence where Bangladesh paid a heavy price of human loss of three million. They pledged to work with Bangladesh for the advancement of its people.
Bangladesh’s state Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam and Bangladesh’s High Commissioner to the UK Nazmul Quaunine highlighted Bangladesh’s development. Minister Shahriar Alam elaborated on macro-economic performance, GDP growth, infrastructure development, energy sector development, education, digitation, women empowerment and Bangladesh’s self-sufficiency in food production. He thanked the British lawmakers for joining the celebration by UK Awami League, and said, ‘the party under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have made significant progress in social and economic areas, and very much on the road to become a middle-income country by 2021.’
He further said, ‘we need the continued support and assistance of the UK government and the private bodies in our journey’ in fulfilling the goals to turn Bangladesh as ‘Sonar Bangla,’ the dream of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The event started with Bangladesh’s national anthem. Documentary films on Bangladesh’s progress led by PM Sheikh Hasina were screened. Entertainment was provided by Suomi Das. To mark the event a souvenir was published by the UK Awami League. British MPs including Labour’s Shadow Minister Emily Thornberry, All Party Chair on Bangladesh Anne Main MP, Paul Skully MP, former minister RT Hon Stephen Timms MP, Karen Buck MP, Naz Shah MP, Wes Streeting MP, Tom Brake MP, Mike Gapes, a member of House of Lords and a representative of opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn MP amongst others attended the independence event. Many ended their speech with Joi Bangla slogans at the delight of the audience.