Bangladesh High Commission New Delhi, India PRESS RELEASE New Delhi, Dec. 17:- The Bangladesh High Commission here celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Victory Day on Friday paying homage to the martyrs of the 1971 War of Liberation and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman under whose leader Bangladesh gained independence after nine-month war against Pakistan. The day’s events were marked by hoisting of national flag at the chancery compound, reading out of Victory Day messages from President Md. Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali M.P. and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam M.P., offering special prayer seeking divine blessings for the martyrs of the Liberation War and Bangabandhu and his family members killed along with him on the tragic night of August 15 in 1975. Acting High Commissioner Salahuddin Noman Chiwdhury, accompanied by officers at the mission, hoisted the national flag as the national anthem was played. A cultural function, presented in the evening by the students and teachers of Dhaka’s Govt. Music College, at the Maitree Hall of the mission enthralled the audience that included Housing and Public Works Minister Mosharraf Hossain, Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, war veterans, foreign diplomats, academics, journalists and family members of the mission’s officers and officials. Moshararraf Hossain and Maya, both valiant freedom fighters, narrated how heroic was the MuktiBahini’s fight against the occupation Pakistani military, equipped with most modern and sophisticated war machines. Welcoming the guests the Salahuddin Noman fondly remembered the supreme sacrifices the freedom fighters had made at the call of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib against the brutal Pakistani soldiers who carried out one of the history’s worst genocide killing three million unarmed civilians. He said Bangladesh remains grateful to India and its citizens for extending military, economic, diplomatic and moral support to Bangladesh’s War of Liberation. Officers of the mission also attended a seminar on Bangladesh liberation war organized by India Foundation in association with War Veterans Association, Babu Jagjivan Ram Trust and Nehru Memorial Trust at Nehru Memorial Museum in the morning. Mofazzal Hossain Maya, BirBikram spoke at the seminar as chief guest, while Indian State Minister for External Affairs V. K. Singh was the special guest. Indian and Bangladeshi veterans of the 1971 liberation war, including Lt. Col. (Retd) Quazi Sajjad Ali Zahir BirProtik, reminisced their battle days and how the war ended with the surrender of 93,000 Pakistani soldiers in Dhaka on December 16, 1971.

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