1971 war: Hasina expresses gratitude to India

Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday expressed deep gratitude to India for its key role in the country's 1971 'Liberation War' during a meeting with visiting Indian Army Chief General VK Singh.

General Singh, who is on a five-day official visit to Bangladesh, on Monday called on Hasina at her official residence.

The Awami League leader recalled with deep gratitude the active cooperation of the Indian government, people and military during the 1971 Liberation War.

Hasina, who mentioned the special sacrifice made by the Indian army, said such visits would help strengthen bilateral ties.

General Singh, who took part in the 1971 Indo-Pak war that led to the creation of Bangladesh, presented the prime minister some rare photographs from the historic visit of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to India and events related to the country's independence war.

The top commander, who is here at the invitation of his Bangladeshi counterpart General Mohammed Abdul Mubeen, will be the chief guest at the passing-out parade at Bangladesh Military Academy on June 22 in southeastern port city of Chittagong.

"This is an honour the Bangladesh Army is offering to the visiting Indian army chief and 1971 war veteran, General Vijay Kumar Singh, who also fought for our independence, while India showed the same gesture when our then army chief General Mohammad Mustafizur Rahman visited India 13 years ago," an army spokesman said.

General Singh, who arrived here yesterday, placed wreaths in memory of the martyrs of the Liberation War at the Dhaka cantonment on Monday.