Bangladesh High Commission
New Delhi, India
22 November 2016
New Delhi, Nov. 22: - Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi observed the Armed Forces Day on Monday(Nov. 21) paying tribute to war heroes who laid down their lives for the liberation of Bangladesh in a nine-month war against the occupation forces of Pakistan.
Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval spoke as the chief guest at a largely-attended reception-cum-dinner hosted at the Maitree Hall of Bangladesh Dutalaya. He was greeted by Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali and Defence Adviser Brig. Gen. Md. Abdul Hamid.
Ajit Doval praised the Bangladesh Armed Forces as a professional force and recalled its contribution in the 1971 War of Liberation. He said this force was born through a just war for the independence of nation, inspired by a “revered leader of the sub-continent Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.”He paid his tribute to Bangabandhu.
Syed Muazzem Ali described the Armed Force Day as “a great day” in the history of Bangladesh. The Bangladesh force has the distinction of being formed during the liberation war and leading the Mukti Bahini. He expressed his gratitude to India for its decisive support in Bangladesh’s successful liberation war.
Brig. Gen. Hamid welcomed the guests. Among the guests were Vice Chief of Indian Army Staff Lt. Gen. Bipin Rawat, diplomats, defence personnel of foreign missions and serving and former military officers.
A documentary on how Bangladesh Armed Forces were born and how they fought valiantly for the country’s liberation was screened.