Udhampur, (J&K), Dec 16: The 44th Anniversary of “Vijay Diwas” was celebrated with traditional enthusiasm at HQ Northern command today. A large number of civil dignitaries, ex- servicemen and service personnel participated in the celebrations and paid homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives in Indo-Pak war of 1971.
16 December each year is celebrated as VIJAY DIWAS to commemorate India’s historic victory over Pakistan. The swift and professionally planned operations executed by the Indian Armed Forces led to one of the greatest military victories recorded in the annals of World history. It was on this day, that the largest military surrender after World War II took place at Dhaka when the General Officer-Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command, Lt Gen Jagjit Singh Arora accepted the surrender of 93,000 Pakistani troops from Lt Gen AAK Niazi of the Pakistan Army. This historic victory signifies a unique and unparalleled feat wherein our forces fought selflessly for a just and noble cause; the liberation of the people of erstwhile East Pakistan and the creation of a sovereign independent Bangladesh.
The Northern Command commemorated the occasion with a wreath laying ceremony at Dhurva Shahid Smarak by Lt Gen NPS Hira, Officiating Army Commander. He highlighted the role of the Indian Armed forces in achieving major military victories in the 1971 war. This glorious day in the annals of history of the Indian Army was made possible due to the supreme sacrifices of valiant soldiers during the 1971 Indo-Pak War. The Indian Army changed the course of history with its undeterred courage, dedication and professionalism, bringing glory and honour to the Nation. While remembering the martyrs, all ranks of the Northern Command reaffirmed steadfast and lifelong commitment to the martyr’s families. Their indomitable courage, unflagging zeal and dogged determination shall always be the greatest source of inspiration for all ranks of the Indian Army.