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42nd Victory Day today

Staff Correspondent - December 16th, 2012

The nation is all set to celebrate the 42nd Victory Day today commemorating its cherished triumph in the nine-month bloody war against the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971.
People of the country will pay their rich tributes to the heroic sons of the soil who sacrificed their lives to earn the independence. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and leader of the opposition Khaleda Zia will also pay tributes to the martyrs of Liberation War by placing wreaths at the National Memorial on Sunday morning marking the Victory Day.
President Zillur Rahman would not place wreath at the National Mausoleum this time due to illness. The national flag will be hoisted atop all government, semi-government and other important establishments.
Different political, socio-cultural, professional and academic organisations organize elaborate programs to mark the Victory Day. Special prayers will be offered at mosques, temples, churches and other worship places, seeking divine blessings for peace and progress of the country.
As part of the day’s programmes, a colourful parade will be held at the National Parade Square at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the morning. Freedom fighters, army, navy, air force, BNCC, Border Guard Bangladesh, police, RAB, Ansar-VDP, Coast Guard, jail keepers and Fire Service and Civil Defence will take part in the parade.
On this day in 1971, the chief of the Pakistani occupation forces, Gen AAK Niazi, along with 93,000 Pakistani troops, surrendered following a miserable defeat to the joint forces of Mukti Bahini and Mitra Bahini at Ramna Racecourse, now Suhrawardy Udyan, in Dhaka.
In one of the heinous acts of genocide in human history, the Pakistan army and their local collaborators launched a barbarous crackdown killing innocent and unarmed people in the erstwhile East Pakistan at midnight past March 25, 1971.
The nation, under the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, finally clinched independence on December 16 after the nine months’ War of Liberation.