India will never back those who had opposed Bangladesh’s Liberation War , the country’s envoy remarked here on Wednesday. Sanjay Chakravarty, acting High Commissioner, said India would never support the “anti-liberation forces” who had opposed Bangladesh’s independence from Pakistan.

Mr. Bhattacharyya also said: “It is not only my words, but also the speech of the President and Prime Minister of India.” He was speaking at a function at Suhrawardy Udyan, where 93,000 Pakistani forces had surrendered to the joint India-Bangladesh command in 1971 after nine months of war that had led to the emergence of Bangladesh, the former East Pakistan, as an independent country.

The ruling Awami League had organised the function as part of its month-long celebrations commemorating the 42nd Victory Day of Bangladesh.

He also said Dhaka’s initiative to honour members of the Indian armed forces, who fought side by side with Mukti Bahini in the Liberation War, and others from India who contributed greatly to the just cause, was a laudable step. The envoy hoped the friendly Indo-Bangladesh relationship would continue to flourish, and added India would render all possible assistance to make Bangladesh a developed country.

Bangladesh home minister Dr. Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir and other leaders spoke on the occasion.

This article has been corrected for a factual error on 20 December, 2012

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