Dhaka, Dec 16 (IANS) Bangladesh President Md Abdul Hamid took the salute from the military here on Wednesday on the 44th anniversary of Pakistan’s defeat in the 1971 war that led to the birth of Bangladesh.
A contingent of freedom fighters, armed forces, security agencies and government ministries joined a colourful parade at the Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in Dhaka.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Chief Justice S.K. Sinha along with prominent citizens attended the programme, Bd News reported.
This was the first time an all-female contingent of the army joined the parade.
A huge portrait of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bangladesh’s founding father, was placed near the podium.
A national flag made with red and green leaves was placed beside the podium. Thousands of people enjoyed the two-hour parade.
The Liberation War ended with the end of the India-Pakistan war on this day in 1971, with some 93,000 Pakistani troops surrendering to the Indian Army — the biggest such surrender after World War II.