Vijay Diwas 16 December: The 53rd Vijay Diwas, reminding the bravery and valor of the Indian Army to divide Pakistan into two parts, will be celebrated tomorrow, 16 December 2023. On this day in 1971, the Pakistani Army surrendered after being badly defeated by India in a 13-day war. Pakistani Army Chief General AA Niazi Khan surrendered to the Indian Army along with 93,000 soldiers. In this war to separate Bangladesh from Pakistan, about 4000 brave soldiers of the Indian Army were martyred, to whom the country pays humble tribute. To celebrate this occasion, all three armies (Army, Navy, Air Force) celebrate 16th December as Vijay Diwas.
Know some important things related to Vijay Diwas on 16 December 1971-
– The India-Pakistan war of 1971 began on 3 December and ended with the surrender of Pakistani forces 13 days later on 16 December.
In this war, the Indian Army was led by Field Marshal Manik Shaw and the Prime Minister at that time was Indira Gandhi.
– In the 1971 India-Pakistan war, the Pakistani Army surrendered in Dhaka city of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).
– Pakistani Army Chief General AA Niazi Khan surrendered before Lieutenant General Jagjit Singh Arora, who was then leading the Indian Army.
With this victory of India over Pakistan, the work of making Bangladesh a separate nation was completed.
– In the 1971 war, about 1400 (according to the documents available on Mygov.in) brave soldiers of the Indian Army were also martyred.
According to PIB.gov, 3843 soldiers were martyred and 9851 soldiers were injured in the 1971 war.
It is said that when the Pakistani Army Chief was surrendering, his hands were almost trembling and his eyes were filled with tears.