Monday, March 2, 2009

Ekushey February: A Timeline -- 8

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1956 (February 20):
The East Pakistan government in the meantime selects the site of the present-day Shaheed Minar (Martyrs' Memorial) and in the evening of this day six-year-old Basirun, daughter of rickshaw-puller Awal, a lesser known language martyr of 1952, lays the foundation stone.

1956 (February 21):
In the morning, East Pakistan Chief Minister Abu Hossain Sarker (of the Krishak Sramik Party), Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani (President of East Pakistan Awami Muslim League), and Hasin Begum (mother of language Martyr Abul Barkat) formally lay the foundation stone of the Shaheed Minar. It is noteworthy that this small memorial was under construction for long seven years (1956 to 1962)!

1956 (February 29):
The first Constitution of Pakistan was passed in the Pakistan Constituent Assembly.

1956 (March 23):
The new Constitution of Pakistan comes into effect from today.

1956 - 1958:
These years saw volatile political situation in the country. There were quite a few political reversals both at the Centre and the provinces of Pakistan. This uncertainty also adversely affected the obeservance of the Ekushey February in East Pakistan.
(Continued)
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