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Govt working to project true history of Liberation War: PM
DHAKA, April 16 (BSS)- Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said her government has been working relentlessly to project the true history of the great War of Liberation before the people of all levels including the new generation to fulfill their interest in the issue.

"After the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975, the military rulers distorted the true history of the War of Liberation to misguide the people. But the present Awami League government like its previous term has been working to project the real history and heroics of the war," she said.

The Prime Minister made the remarks when celebrated British journalists Mark Tully and Simon Dring called on her at her official Ganobhaban residence here this evening.

After the meeting, Press Secretary to the Prime Minister Abul Kalam Azad briefed reporters.

Referring to conferring 'Bangladesh Liberation War Honour' and 'Friends of Liberation War Honour' on the foreign friends on March 27 last for their contribution to the War of Liberation in 1971, Sheikh Hasina said it is not the last, all foreign friends who made contribution to our independence war would be honoured gradually.

The Prime Minister said after independence, Bangabandhu had framed necessary policies and acts including the Territorial Waters and Maritime Zone Act, 1974 in the greater interest of the country.

"Bangladesh's maritime victory over Myanmar is the outcome of the great leader's prudent decision," she said.

Stressing the need for maintaining good relations with neighbours, Sheikh Hasina said no nation can achieve its desired development and progress without maintaining better ties with neighbouring countries.

In this connection, the Prime Minister mentioned that her government has taken steps to establish regional connectivity with India, Nepal and Bhutan for the development of the region.

She termed the poverty as the main barrier to the development of the region and called for united efforts of all the countries of the region to eliminate poverty.

Sheikh Hasina also underscored the need for continuation of the democracy and said expected development of a country is not possible without the continuation of democracy.

Mark Tally and Simon Dring thanked the Prime Minister for giving them the Liberation War Honours. They also recalled the memories of the War of Liberation in 1971 as well the atrocities of the Pakistani occupation forces during the time.

PM's Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad and Special Assistant Abdus Sobhan Golap were also present on the occasion.
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