Bangladesh celebrates the 36th anniversary of its glorious victory over Pakistani occupation forces in the Liberation War, amid a new political milieu this time around. With the day dawning, on Sunday the nation will pay homage to the 30-lakh martyrs who sacrificed their lives to have a homeland in 1971.
Tributes will be paid to the Liberation War heroes by placing wreaths at the National Mausoleum at Savar in the morning. President Dr Iajuddin Ahmed will lead the nation by laying a floral wreath at the memorial. The day will be heralded by 31-gun salute at dawn. The day is a public holiday. National flag will be hoisted atop all government, semi-government and other important establishments.
On December 16 in 1971, Pakistani General AAK Niazi surrendered to the Bangladesh-India Joint Command at Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka, at the end of a nine-month war. The caretaker government, major political parties, including the Awami League (AL) and BNP, and different socio-cultural organizations have chalked out programs to mark the occasion.