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Bangladesh honours Indian soldiers who fought 1971 Liberation War

More than 93,000 Pakistan Army soldiers surrendered to the Indian Army on December 16, 1971 after nine months of the Liberation War

As many as 30 Indian soldiers, who fought the 1971 Liberation War, were honoured by Bangladesh at a reception. The delegation led by Indian army’s Lieutenant General (retired) Anil Kumar Lambar arrived in Bangladesh to attend the special programme “in response to invitation by Bangladesh marking the Victory Day,” Dhaka Tribune said.

According to the newspaper, AKM Mozammel Haque, Minister, Bangladesh’s Ministry of Liberation War Affairs expressing his gratitude said that it would not have been possible for Dhaka to win independence within such a short time if India had not extended its support.

The minister said that ties between India and Bangladesh will further deepen in the future.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has also recalled India’s contribution in the Liberation War. India and Bangladesh are already working on boosting connectivity.

India and Bangladesh have already pressed the pedal on deepening economic ties, trade and connectivity between the two nations to deal with the rising geopolitical challenges. Both sides are also working to complete negotiations related to CEPA at a time when Bangladesh is gearing up to exit the list of least developed nations (LDC).

The two countries are also expected to commence negotiations on the proposed Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). India, which has assumed the one year presidency for G20, will also invite Bangladesh as a guest country for the meetings and other events.

The liberation war marks a dark period in Bangladesh history. It started on 25 March 1971 after the Pakistan army cordoned Peelkhana, the headquarters of the East Pakistan Rifles (EPR), Rajarbagh police barracks, and the Ansar headquarters at Khilgaon. About 8,000 to 12,000 people were killed every day—the highest in any genocide history.

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