Bangladesh at this time remembered the 1971 struggle that marked the fruits of its freedom motion from Pakistan and paid wealthy tributes to the Indian Army’s struggle heroes and its personal freedom fighters. December 16 marks the top of the 13-day struggle that led to the liberation of East Pakistan and the beginning of Bangladesh as an unbiased nation. The day is well known in India as Vijay Diwas.
In a Facebook publish, the Bangladesh authorities stated: “We remember those who fought for us. We remember those who came to our aid at the darkest hour of our nation. In particular, we remember the thousands of Indian soldiers who stepped forward at the call of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to fight alongside our Muktibahini…”.
The publish recalled the heroes of the struggle — General Jagjeet Singh Arora and General M A G Osmani, General JFR Jacob, General Uban and “the rest of the General Staff, Commanding Officers, Officers and Men, doctors and nurses”.
We bear in mind. We bear in mind those that fought for us. We bear in mind those that got here to our assist on the darkest hour of our…
“The debt of blood can not be paid back with anything but love and respect,” the publish learn.
On December 16, 1971, General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi, the chief of the Pakistani forces, surrendered to the Indian Army and the Mukti Bahini in Dhaka with 93,000 troops.
The give up had adopted Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw’s well-known problem three days earlier than. “You surrender or we wipe you out”was the message despatched to Pakistan by the Field Marshal.
This morning, on the 50th anniversary of Vijay Diwas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh paid wealthy tributes to the struggle heroes. PM Modi lit a “Swarnim Vijay Mashaal” — a victory torch – – on the everlasting flame of the National War Memorial in Delhi.
In a tweet, President Ram Nath Kovind stated: “On Vijay Diwas, let us recall the valour of our soldiers that affirmed our nation’s unwavering commitment to defend our sovereignty and protect human dignity. Their martyrdom in 1971 war had shown unparalleled grit and prowess of our forces. The nation is eternally indebted to them.”
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu paid tributes to the troopers martyred within the 1971 struggle, saying their braveness and valour continues to encourage each Indian.