Nation pays tribute to 1971 war martyrs

December 16th, 2007 - 3:05 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Dec 16 (ANI): The country today paid tribute to the martyrs of the Indo-Pakistan 1971 war on 36 th anniversary of its victory over Pakistan.

Defence Minster A K Antony, alongwith the chiefs of three armed forces, laid wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti to pay homage to the martyrs.

On December 16, 1971, India inflicted a crushing defeat on Pakistan and successfully assisted Bangladesh, earlier known as East Pakistan, in its liberation struggle.

Over 93,000 Pakistani armed forces personnel were taken as prisoners of war. It was said to be one of the biggest surrender of armed forces by any country in modern times.

An estimated three million Bangladeshis were killed during the war.

The 13-day war ended on December 16 after General A.A.K. Niazi of Pakistan signed the instrument of surrender before Lt. Gen. Jasjit Singh Aurora at Dhaka. (ANI)

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