NEW DELHI, Dec 16, 2106 (BSS)-Bangladesh Disaster Management and Relief Affairs Minister Mofazzel Hossain Chowdhury Maya Bir Bikram today said the armed struggle for an independent Bangladesh in 1971 began after the historic 7th March Speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
"The people of Bangladesh mainly took preparations for the armed struggle after the 7th March Speech of Bangabandhu," he said while speaking at an initiative of "Commemoration of 1971 India-Pakistan War and Bangladesh's Independence" at Neheru Memorial Museum and Library Auditorium here.
The Bangladesh minister recalled the contribution and sacrifices of the then Indian government and people during the 1971 armed struggle that paved the way for giving a real shape to the independent state-Bangladesh.
Referring to the all-out cooperation of Indian people, Maya said India provided shelter to about 1 crore refugees during the nine-month war in 1971, apart from offering necessary logistic supports including arms and training for the Bangladeshi freedom fighters.
He paid rich tributes to the Indian soldiers who made supreme sacrifices for Bangladesh in 1971 and conveyed sympathy to the bereaved family members of Indian soldiers.
The minister mentioned the excellent bilateral relations between two neighbouring countries and expressed the hope that the ties would further strengthen by resolving the unsettled issues in the coming days.
About Bangladesh's position against militancy and terrorism, Maya hoped that Bangladesh and India would work together against militancy and terrorism.
Indian State Minister for Foreign Affairs VK Sing, former Lok Sabha Speaker Sreemoti Mira Kumar and Colonel (retd) Sazzad Al-Jahid Bir Protik of Bangladesh also spoke at the function with Neheru Memorial Museum Director Sakti Sinha in the chair.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)