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46th Vijay Diwas: India Remembers Historic Defeat Of Pakistan In Just 13 Days

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| December 16 , 2017 , 14:23 IST

India's victory in the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 which the nation secured in just 13 days, resulting in an independent nation of Bangladesh on December 16, is celebrated annually as 'Vijay Diwas'. The victory of India, and the creation of the first independent nation since the end of World War II, firmly established India's reputation as force to be reckoned with in the 21st century.

On December 3, 1971, Pakistan launched a pre-emptive airstrike at Indian airfields of Srinagar, Avantipur, Pathankot, Uttarlai, Jodhpur, Ambala and Agra, citing Indian support to freedom fighters in East Pakistan, triggering the war. In response, India took an offensive undertaking in the Eastern and Western areas of Pakistan, using Air Force, Para Troopers, Ground Force as well as the Navy.

A total of 13 days later, Pakistan Army Commander Lt Gen AAK Niazi surrendered to India's Army Commander of eastern Command Lt. Gen. JS Arora. Formerly known as East Pakistan,  Bangladesh was liberated by India.

Lt. General P S Mehta, described the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971.

"Pakistan leveraged India's justified support to the freedom fighters of East Pakistan as an excuse to declare war against India. On December 3, 1971, at 5.45 pm, Pakistan launched a pre-emptive airstrike at Indian airfields of Srinagar, Avantipur, Pathankot, Uttarlai, Jodhpur, Ambala and Agra," Mehta said.

"The first salvo was followed by another one before India launched its response. While the Pakistani pre-emptive strikes could not cause any damage to the Indian aircraft or airfields the Indian Air force, in a short span of time established complete air superiority over East Pakistan while dominating the skies on the western front too by flying an unprecedented 500 plus sorties a day," he added.

On the 46th Vijay Diwas, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa paid tributes to soldiers who lost their lives in 1971 Indo-Pak war at Amar Jawan Jyoti.

People of the nation took to Twitter to pay tributes on Vijaya Diwas: