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Historic Six-Point Day tomorrow

Published: June 06, 2020 21:36:50 | Updated: June 07, 2020 17:10:24

Historic Six-Point Day tomorrow

The historic Six-Point Day, marking the demand for autonomy for the then East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, is going to be virtually observed tomorrow (Sunday) across the country in wake of the fatal coronavirus outbreak, reports BSS.

On June 07 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 07, 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 05 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-point 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 of a separate militia or paramilitary force for East Pakistan.

Marking the day, ruling Awami League (AL) urged all to pray for eternal peace of departed souls of all martyrs, including the martyrs of June 07 in 1966 and Liberation War in 1971, who embraced martyrdom for achieving independence and establishing freedom, democracy and progress, maintaining the health guidelines issued to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

The Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Birth Centenary Celebration National Implementation Committee will organise a virtual discussion and an online quiz competition for youths tomorrow to mark the day.

Chief Coordinator of the committee Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave consent to preside over the virtual discussion. 



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