DHAKA, Dec 15, 2016 (BSS) - Remembering the role of Indian Eastern Command, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal today said Mukti Bahini with Indian Eastern Command's joint efforts forced 93,000 Pakistani soldiers to surrender at short time.
"I thanked Indian armed forces on behalf of Bangladesh government for their outstanding contribution to the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971," he told a view-exchange function as the chief guest at Fort William in Kolkata, said an official release.
The Victory Day Celebration-2016 was organized there marking Bangladesh's 45th Victory Day from December 14, which would continue until December 18.
A team of Bangladesh freedom fighters, led by Home Minister, joined the function.
Asaduzzaman Khan said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman led the nine months bloody war and established independent state in which three million people sacrificed their lives and two lakh mothers and sisters lost their honor, he said.
He recalled and paid respect to Bangladesh-India Joint Forces Field Marshal Sam Manekash, Indian Eastern Command Chief Lieutenant General Jagjit Singh Arora, former Chief of Staff, Eastern Command, Major General JFR Jacob and Indian forces.
He said during the war, Indian Prime Minister sent 18 ruling party teams in 67 countries for bringing global support in favour of Bangladesh's Liberation War.
The minister also said Indian government gave shelter to one crore refugees during the liberation war.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)