DOHA, Qatar, The Bangladesh embassy in Doha, yesterday, observed National Mourning Day, marking the 43rd death anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, with due reverence and solemnity.

On this day in 1975, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, along with most of his family members, was killed at his Dhanmondi residence, by a group of disgruntled soldiers, in one of the bloodiest assassinations ever, the embassy said in a statement.

The programme started with hoisting of the national flag at half-mast, by ambassador Ashud Ahmed, on the embassy premises. Present on the occasion were embassy officials and community members. Ahmed, along with the officials, then paid homage by placing floral wreaths at a portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

This was followed by a meeting on the life and works of the Father of the Nation, which started with recitation from the Holy Qur’an. A minute’s silence was observed as a mark of respect for the martyrs of Aug 15, 1975.

In the meeting, messages from the Bangladesh president, prime minister, foreign minister and state minister for foreign affairs, on the National Mourning Day, were read out.

In his speech, ambassador Ahmed recalled the heroic leadership role played by Bangabandhu, in the emergence of Bangladesh as an independent country. He mentioned that Aug 15, is the darkest chapter in the history of Bangladesh.

At the end of the day’s programme, a Doa (prayer) was offered seeking the eternal peace of Bangabandhu, martyrs of Aug 15, and for the continued peace, progress and prosperity of Bangladesh.