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Mozammel: 1971 war was never a war between India and Pakistan

  • Published at 04:41 pm December 15th, 2017
Mozammel: 1971 war was never a war between India and Pakistan
Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque has said the 1971 war was never a war between India and Pakistan rather it was the war of liberation for Bangladesh. He made the above comment at the National Museum during an event on Friday where he was present as the chief guest. The minister thanked India for its tremendous support that was extended by its people and government in 1971. "India provided shelter, training and arms. We got all logistic support from India," he said. Mozammel said India remains a good friend and both the countries are working to further cement the friendly relationship. Later a book titled 12 Days to Dacca, written by Mahfuza Gen HS Kler and edited by Wing Commander Deejay Kler, was unveiled. The book is available both in Bangla and English. Deputy Indian High Commissioner Dr Adarsh Swaika, among others, spoke during the event. An Indian delegation, comprising of 27 war veterans and four serving officers, accompanied by their companions participated in the Victory Day celebrations and shared their anecdotes. Through the visit, the veterans of Liberation War of Bangladesh once again united in Dhaka and Kolkata to celebrate the Victory Day and their eternal bond of camaraderie. They shared their stories to bring to life a saga of glory, sacrifice and the spirit with which the people of both countries had stood by side by side during the difficult times. The reciprocal visits by freedom fighters and war veterans on Victory Day started in 2005, and more than 300 freedom fighters from Bangladesh and 150 Indian veterans have joined the celebrations in Kolkata and Dhaka respectively. The veterans will attend the ceremonial events and interact with the prime minister, the chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force and the principal staff officer, Armed Forces Division. They will also meet freedom fighters during separate receptions hosted by the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs, War Course Foundation of Bangladesh, Dhaka Club, and the High Commission of India. The delegation will also pay homage to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum, and also visit some of the battle sites of the Liberation War. The Indian delegation is led by Lt Gen (retd) Jai Bhagwan Singh Yadava who participated in the 1965 war against Pakistan and the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. He was honoured with the gallantry award, Vir Chakra, in the Liberation War for his acts of gallantry in the battle of Bogra.