By Sorwar Alam
Bangladeshi embassy in Ankara celebrated the country's 48th victory day in the Turkish capital on Sunday.
Speaking at the event, Bangladesh ambassador M. Allama Siddiki said: “Bangladesh is one of the very few countries which became independent through a bloody war.”
He explained the 9-month-long liberation war of the Bengali nation in 1971 when Bangladesh became independent. Siddiki also mentioned thatBangladesh lost 3 millions of lives during the world’s ”bitterest, the most violent and the most sacrificing war of independent” against Pakistan.
The independence of Bangladesh “was a huge development” in term of the world politics in the 1970s, according to Siddiki.
The Bangladeshi envoy went on to say that his country has become a role model for third world countries in terms of social and economic developments.
“Bangladesh is about to become a developing nation with a huge GDP,” he said, stating the south Asian nation’s GDP is around $275 billion.
Siddiki predicted that his country’s GDP will be bigger than combined GDP of five central Asian nation – Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
He said that population is a big challenge for Bangladesh but the country’s current government under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been working hard to develop in every sector from education to public health to infrastructure.
Bangladesh became independent from Pakistan on Dec. 16, 1971, after a bitter nine-month war led by the country's founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, father of the current premier.
Since then the South Asian nation has been celebrating the day as the Victory Day of Bangladesh.