Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Friday said Bangladesh was born as a nation state on this day on March 25, 1971 through the Bangalees' strong resistance against the genocide of Pakistani occupational forces that night.
He was addressing as the chief guest the inaugural ceremony of a daylong 'Independence Day Festival-2016' at National Museum in the capital, BSS reports.
"The countrymen fought during the 1971 Liberation War for achieving democracy against the long exploitation of the West Pakistani rulers," Muhith said.
Recalling the cooperation of the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and the Indians during the Liberation War, he said India gave shelter to around one crore (10 million) Bangladeshis and also trained up the freedom fighters with weapons.
Referring to the veto power exercised in the United Nations three times by the former Soviet Union in favour of Bangladesh, he said the cooperation of Moscow provided strength to Indira Gandhi to render all her assistance to Bangladesh.
"So, 1971 is the most glorious chapter of the history of Bangalee nation," he added.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid joined the function as special guest with Board of Trustees Chairman of National Museum M Azizur Rahman in the
The chiefs as well as the representatives of 45 countries, which first recognized Bangladesh during and after the Liberation war, were present on the occasion.
source : the daily sun