Dhaka, Dec 16: Bangladesh observed its 44th Victory Day with due solemnity and offered rich tribute to martyrs who had sacrificed their lives during the Liberation War of 1971 against Pakistan.
According to reports, the day commenced with a 31-gun salute followed by tributes by President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the National Mausoleum in Savar early Tuesday morning.
A colourful parade was thereafter held from 10 am local time, which witnessed the participation of freedom fighters, members of armed forces and other law enforcing agencies.
According to the Daily Star report, President Abdul Hamid presided over the parade held at the National Parade Square as chief guest. Premier Hasina was the special guest.
On this day in 1971, East Pakistan, under leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, emerged as the independent state of Bangladesh.
Lt. General A A K Niazi, who commanded the eastern command of the Pakistan Army then, surrendered with 93,000 soldiers to the allied forces comprising freedom fighters and the Indian Army at the Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka following acceptance of defeat after a nine-month-long war that broke out in March of that year.
India took part in the war from December 3 to December 16.
Three million people sacrificed their lives for freedom, while two lakh women were tortured and raped by Pakistani soldiers and their local collaborators like Razakars, Al-Badar and Al-Shams.
President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in separate messages greeted the nation on the auspicious occasion.
(With Agency Inputs)