B`desh to honour foreigners for role in 1971 `Liberation War`
Last Updated: Thursday, June 03, 2010, 23:14
Dhaka: Bangladesh will honour foreign nationals and organisations for their extraordinary contribution to its 1971 'Liberation War' at a grand function to mark the 40th anniversary of its independence.

"We will celebrate our 40th anniversary of independence conferring awards both on foreign nationals and expatriate Bangladeshis, who contributed immensely during our Liberation War," Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said today.

After a key inter-ministerial meeting that chalked up plans to prepare a list of people to be honoured, Moni said two separate committees have been formed to prepare a comprehensive list and necessary guidelines in this regard.

The two panels have been directed to complete their tasks in the next six months.

We (have) already received several lists from different countries and embassies and we will combine a complete list," she said.

Officials familiar with the meeting, said the government would invite the selected personalities for the honour. If anyone fails to come, the award would be sent to him or her through the concerned embassy or high commission.

Bangladesh won its independence after a nine-month bloody war with Pakistani forces in 1971 with crucial Indian assistance.

India provided economic and diplomatic support to the Mukti Bahini rebels, leading Pakistan to launch a pre-emptive attack on the western border of India which started the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.

On 16 December 1971, the allied forces of the Indian army and the Mukti Bahini defeated the Pakistan Army, leading to the surrender of over 90,000 Pakistani prisoners of war.

Lt. Gen A. A. K. Niazi, CO of Pakistan Army forces located in East Pakistan signed the instrument of surrender in the presence of Indian commander Lt. Gen J.S. Aurora.


First Published: Thursday, June 03, 2010, 23:14

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