India on Thursday appeared to endorse Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s latest feedback that Pakistan can’t be forgiven for the atrocities it unleashed throughout the 1971 liberation battle.
Joint Secretary within the Ministry of External Affairs Smita Pant mentioned at a media briefing that India deeply respects and understands the emotions expressed by Prime Minister Hasina.
“There is no denying that state sponsored oppression against Bangladesh’s just war of liberation led to the death of 3 million people. More than 2,00,000 women were raped and tortured. We deeply respect and understand the sentiments expressed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” Ms Pant mentioned on the media briefing when requested in regards to the feedback by the Bangladesh PM.
The joint secretary in MEA’s Bangladesh and Myanmar division was briefing the media in regards to the final result of Thursday’s digital summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ms Hasina.
She made the remark when Pakistan High Commissioner to Bangladesh Imran Ahmed Siddiqui referred to as on her, in response to Bangladeshi media reviews.
On Wednesday, India celebrated “Vijay Diwas” that marks the give up of round 93,000 Pakistani troops earlier than the joint forces of the Indian Army and the “Mukti Bahini” on December 16, 1971, that led to the beginning of Bangladesh. Bangladesh celebrates December 16 as ”Bijoy Dibosh”.
“It is a matter of pride for us to celebrate the historic victory of Bangladesh over the anti-liberation forces. Today, when Bangladesh is celebrating 49 years of independence, I pay homage to the armed forces personnel of both the countries who laid down their lives,” PM Modi mentioned on the digital summit.
In her remarks, Ms Hasina talked about India’s position within the liberation of Bangladesh and notably highlighted how Indian Army’s Major Ashok Tara rescued her household together with her mom and sister from Pakistanl forces on December 17, 1971.
“December 17 is a special day for me as it was the day when Ashok Tara, a Major at that time rescued my mother, my sister, my brother from the hands of Pakistani forces… Bangladesh was freed on December 16 but we were free on December 17,” Ms Hasina mentioned.
A joint assertion mentioned each PM Modi and Ms Hasina paid “solemn tribute” to the “martyrs” of the liberation battle of Bangladesh for his or her nice sacrifices in 1971.
It mentioned they vowed to uphold and defend the cherished values of democracy and equality in keeping with the aspirations of the folks of the 2 pleasant nations.
“They emphasized that relations between Bangladesh and India are based on fraternal ties and reflective of an all-encompassing partnership based on sovereignty, equality, trust and understanding that transcends a strategic partnership,” it mentioned.
The two prime ministers additionally collectively unveiled a commemorative postal stamp issued by India on the event of beginning centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangladesh.
Noting that the yr 2021 will probably be historic in India-Bangladesh ties as they might be commemorating the 50th anniversary of the battle and the institution of diplomatic relations, it was agreed to collectively organise a number of actions to commemorate these two “epochal” occasions in India, Bangladesh and third nations, the assertion mentioned.
Replying to a query, Ms Pant mentioned India and Bangladesh have sturdy defence cooperation. She mentioned India handed over 18 mortars for using Bangladesh armed forces on the event of Vijay Divas.