Published:  12:34 AM, 30 November 2019 Last Update: 05:03 PM, 30 November 2019

Armed Forces Day celebrated in UK

Armed Forces Day celebrated in UK High Commissioner for Bangladesh to the United Kingdom Saida Muna Tasneem cutting a cake to celebrate Armed Forces Day on Monday. -AA

The 48th Bangladesh Armed Forces Daywas celebrated in London, United Kingdom marking the founding of Army, Navy andAir Force during the War of Liberation in 1971.


On this occasion, the Defence Wingof the Bangladesh High Commission in the United Kingdom organized a receptionat the British National Army Museum in London on Monday (25 November), reportsBSS.


High Commissioner for Bangladesh tothe United Kingdom Saida Muna Tasneem and Defence Adviser to the BangladeshHigh Commission in London Brigadier General AKM Aminul Haque greeted the guestsat the venue and highlighted the history of the Liberation War of 1971,establishment of the Bangladesh Armed Forces and their functionalities.


Addressing the occasion, HighCommissioner Saida Muna Tasneem lauded the role of armed forces in protectingand building the nation besides bringing in fame for Bangladesh by performinggreatly in various global engagements, including in the UN PeacekeepingMissions and Peace Support Operations.


The High Commissioner gave a briefaccount on development in Bangladesh especially on the economic and socialfronts that happened under the decade-long leadership of Prime Minister SheikhHasina. Defence Adviser Brigadier General AKM Aminul Haque in his welcomespeech briefly narrated the birth of Bangladesh Armed Forces.


Brigadier General AKM Aminul Haquetold the audiences that the dream of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu SheikhMujibur Rahman to create a Sonar Bangla is now getting transformed into realityas the present government has taken up a holistic approach to developing in allspheres of life under the Vision 2041. He also mentioned that the Bangladesh ArmedForces is comprehensively involved in nation-building activities, disastermanagement and in internal security in times of need.


Brigadier General AKM Aminul Haquealso recalled the contribution of Indian Armed Forces who fought for Bangladesh’sindependence during 1971. He said, “On 21st November 1971, combinedattack was launched by Army, Navy and Air Force. From then onwards with thedirect support of our freedom fighters and Indian Armed Forces, we could defeatPakistani forces and got an independent country Bangladesh.”


Noting that the Armed Forces haveattached maximum emphasis on counter-terrorism training, the Defence Advisersaid combating the terror attack on Holey Artisan Cafe in Dhaka and Atia Mohalin Sylhet are widely appreciated.


Referring to the presence ofBangladesh Armed Forces in the UN, he said that Bangladesh’s success in theUnited Nations Peace Support Operations is ranked one of the top troopscontributing countries. A documentary on the Armed Forces’ role and the recentdevelopment of Bangladesh in different sectors was also screened.


The program was attended by veteranfreedom fighters living in the United Kingdom, higher officials from differentdiplomatic missions, politicians, journalists, academic scholars andrepresentatives of expatriate Bangladeshis.

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