'71 war was never between India and Pakistan

'71 war was never between India and Pakistan

Today India is celebrating Vijay Diwas to commemorate armed forces victory over Pakistan in 1971 Bangladesh liberation war. It was Lt Gen AAK Niazi, who led the 93,000 Pakistani soldiers to surrender to India Army Commander of eastern Command Lt Gen JS Arora.

The war in 1971 began after the sudden crackdown at midnight on March 25 that year in erstwhile East Pakistan by Pakistani troops and ended on December 16 as Pakistan conceded defeat and unconditionally surrendered in Dhaka to the allied forces comprising Bengali freedom fighters and the Indian Army.

The Indian Army personnel fought with exceptional valour in the 14 days war on both eastern and western fronts.

He was honoured with the gallantry award, "Vir Chakra", in the 1971 war for his acts of gallantry in the battle.

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When war was officially declared after Pakistani air strikes on Indian airbases in the west on December 3, Indian PM Indira Gandhi and her Army Chief Sam Manekshaw were well prepared. But this day is very important to every single person from Bangladesh.After 9 months of struggle we got our own identity on this very day in 1971. Major Hoshiar Singh went from trench to trench encouraging his men to stand fast and fight as a result his company repulsed all the attacks inflicting heavy casualties on the Pakistani army. Prior to this, East Pakistan, as it was known then, witnesses an era of imaginable brutality. In Bangladesh Liberation War, the Pakistani army had slaughtered almost three million people. On that night, the main reinforcement was Dhaka, Khulna, Chittagong, Comilla, Jessore, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Saidpur and Sylhet, areas where West Pakistani army units were concentrated.

Refugees from East Pakistan flooded India.

He was an officer of the Indian Air Force.

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