Historic 6-Point Day today...

Dhaka, Wednesday   16 June 2021

Historic 6-Point Day today

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 10:07 AM, 7 June 2021   Updated: 03:37 PM, 7 June 2021

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The historic Six-Point Day, marking the demand for autonomy for the then East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, is being observed today (on Monday) across the country. 

Bangladesh Awami League chalked out different programmes marking the day on a limited scale maintaining the Covid-19 health protocols. 

The ruling paid homage at the portrait of Bangabandhu at the historic Bangabandhu Bhaban premises at Dhanmondi this morning. The party also hoisted the national and party flags on the premises of the central office in Dhaka and its offices across the country.

On June 7 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 6-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 7, 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 5 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 a separate militia or paramilitary force for East Pakistan. 

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