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Tribute to General Jacob

At the time of 1971 war, Chief of Staff of the Eastern Command of Indian Army, JFR Jacob, played a crucial role in forcing Pakistani army’s surrender to Indian army, thus paving the way for Bangladesh’s long-cherished liberation
Tribute to General Jacob

Bangladesh was shocked to know Wednesday that General Jack Farj Rafael Jacob, one of its highly respected Liberation War heroes, died at the age of 92. He was suffering from old age complications. On this occasion, both the President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina fittingly offered their condolence to the bereaved family members of the veteran general of the Indian army. President Abdul Hamid said that people of Bangladesh would never forget his invaluable contribution that was instrumental in achieving the country’s freedom from Pakistan. At his death Bangladesh lost one of its true friends.
At the time of 1971 war, Chief of Staff of the Eastern Command of Indian Army, JFR Jacob, played a crucial role in forcing Pakistani army’s surrender to Indian army, thus paving the way for Bangladesh’s long-cherished liberation. Historians of the Indian subcontinent unanimously agree that General Jacob changed the course of South Asian history by virtue of his unusual courage and strategic thinking.
When in early December 1971 the formal war began, General Jacob led his troops, trudging through swampy terrain, and materialise the daring plan to capture Dhaka, the capital of the then East Pakistan. After two weeks of war, Pakistan's commander in East Pakistan, Gen. A A K Niazi, invited General Jacob to lunch to discuss a cease-fire. If Jacob had not been there, history could have been different. It was under his direct supervision, the draft paper of Pakistan’s surrender was written, where and when the Pak army would surrender to Indian army was decided. In his two books, Surrender at Dhaka, Birth of Nation and An Odyssey in War and Peace bear testimony to these tumultuous days of 1971.
A war veteran of Indian army, General Jacob not only fought the 1971 war, he also participated in World War II and 1965 Indo-Pak war. In his home country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid glowing tributes to General Jacob for his role. In international media also, death of General Jacob received prominent coverage as the Bangladesh Liberation War hero.
A confirmed bachelor, General Jacob came to Dhaka in recent years twice, once in 2008 and next in 2012. In his latter visit, he was here to receive the award as one of the ‘foreign friends’ of Bangladesh from the then President of Bangladesh Zillur Rahman on behalf of a grateful nation.
May General Jacob’s soul rest in eternal peace!

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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