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    Bangladeshi freedom fighters condole Manekshaw's death

    New Delhi (PTI): Describing the Field Marshal as the supreme commander of the Bangladesh-India Allied Forces in 1971, his friends from the neighbouring nation on Friday expressed "deepest sorrow and profound shock at the sad demise" of Sam Manekshaw, the architect of the 1971 victory of India in its war with Pakistan.

    At a condolence meeting held at Gulshan in Dhaka, the BCS Freedom Fighter Officers-Employees Central Welfare Association said the Bengali nation shall always remember the highest contribution of the iconic Field Marshal Manekshaw individually and his valiant forces for the liberation of Bangladesh.

    "We gratefully acknowledge the valiant Indian soldiers, who sacrificed their valuable lives to free Bangladesh from the occupation forces of Pakistan under his supreme stewardship," a message from Muhammed Musa, Secretary General of the Association, said.

    "Immediately after the liberation of Bangladesh, the Indian allied forces, who fought alongside the Bengali Mukti Bahini, had left Bangladesh under the undisputed Commander of Field Marshal Manekshaw, which amply proved their commitment and sincerity to the cause of liberation of Bangladesh," members of the association recalled at the meeting.

    This recognition of Manekshaw's contribution in Bangladesh's liberation comes close on the heels of a recent invitation to Indian ex-servicemen, who participated in the campaign, to visit the neighbouring country to attend an event to mark the victory.

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