The historic Six-point Day will be observed today (Sunday), commemorating the placing of the demand for autonomy for the erstwhile East Pakistan.
On this day in 1966, under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Awami League called for a daylong hartal throughout East Pakistan pressing the demand for autonomy to end exploitation, deprivation, subjugation and tyranny let loose by the central government of Pakistan on the people of the eastern province.
The law enforcers opened fire on the demonstrators at various places in Dhaka and Narayanganj, which left at least 10 killed, intensifying the movement for the provincial autonomy.
In separate messages ahead of the historic day, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recalled the sacrifices of the heroic Bangalis in the six-point movement.
The President urged all to devote themselves to nation-building activities being imbued with the spirit of historic Six-Point Movement.
In a message on the eve of the historic June 7, he said the six-point demand is one of the milestones in the independence movement of the nation.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that the present government was committed to upholding democratic rights of people imbued with the spirit of all democratic movements and struggles including the historic Six-point demand.
The ruling Awami League, its associate bodies, other political parties and socio-cultural organisations will organise various programmes to observe the day.