Bangladesh celebrates 1971 liberation war victory
Bangladesh on Friday celebrated the 44th anniversary of its victory against Pakistan in the liberation war with India’s support.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina placed wreaths at the National Memorial at suburban Savar in a predawn ceremony with army bugles playing the last post while thousands followed them as the nation also bowed in gratitude to the 1971 martyrs and heroes.
Hamid later joined as the chief guest a parade of armed forces and other state-owned organisations at a ceremony, also attended by the premier at the National Parade Square in the capital.
Streets and buildings at the capital and other major cities were illuminated overnight of buildings in Dhaka and other major cities marked the anniversary.
The premier last night hosted a reception in honour of 29 Indian and Russian war veterans, who fought for Bangladesh s 1971 independence from Pakistan.
Retired lieutenant general G S Sihota led the Indian delegation at the function while Kozhurin Victor led the Russian veterans, who took part in sweeping mines at Chittagong Port after the country’s independence.
The war in 1971 broke after the sudden crackdown at midnight past on March 25, 1971 in the erstwhile East Pakistan by the Pakistani troops and ended on December 16.