The 1971 Indo-Pak War was one of the defining moments in the history of the subcontinent which resulted in the formation of Bangladesh.
On December 3, 1971 a war started and lasted for 13 days. However, the war officially ended on December 16, post which Pakistan surrendered to the Indian Armed forces. General AA Khan Niazi, chief of the Pakistan Army, surrendered to the Indian Army and Bangladesh’s Mukti Bahani, along with 93,000 troops. This day is celebrated as Vijay Diwas or victory day.
On December 16, the nation pays tribute to soldiers, who sacrificed their lives in this day.
The 1971 Indo-Pak War was one of the defining moments in the history of the subcontinent which resulted in the formation of Bangladesh. It also established the prowess of Indian Armed Forces including the Army, Air Force and Navy. The war started on December 3, 1971, at a time when the struggle for independence was ongoing in East Pakistan. It ended thirteen days later on December 16 with the unconditional surrender of the Pakistan Army.
Bangladesh was liberated. Since then, the day is celebrated as Vijay Diwas in India and Bangladesh.