New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind paid tributes the brave soldiers who were martyred during the 1971 Indo-Pak war at Amar Jawan Jyoti (India Gate) on Vijay Diwas. (All You Need to Know About Vijay Diwas)

Taking to Twitter, PM Modi tweeted, “Today on Vijay Diwas, we remember the indomitable spirit of the brave soldiers who fought in 1971. Their unwavering courage and patriotism ensured our country is safe. Their service will always inspire every Indian.”

Meanwhile, President Kovind posted, “On Vijay Diwas, we remember with gratitude our Armed Forces who defended our nation and upheld universal values of human liberty in 1971. In particular, we pay tribute to those who lost their lives in that valiant effort.”

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate and paid homage to soldiers who lost their lives in the 1971 war.

The Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 is heralded as one of the most convincing victories of the annals of the military history. It culminated with the abject surrender of Pakistani forces in East Pakistan (now, Bangladesh), with almost 1,00,000 being taken prisoners of war (PoWs), and eventually leading up to the liberation of Bangladesh on December 16.

India and Bangladesh, since then, celebrate Vijay Diwas, also known as Victory day, every year to mark both the countries’ military victory over Pakistan.

(Inputs from ANI)