DHAKA, Bangladesh 

Bangladesh on Thursday marked 49 years of its independence from Pakistan with simplicity as celebrations were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The government has imposed a countrywide lockdown and deployed military personnel to maintain social distancing and restrict all sorts of public gatherings.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued special messages, and greeted Bangladeshis at home and abroad.

While newspapers brought out special supplements, both state-run and private TV channels and radio stations aired programs highlighting the significance of the day.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday extended greetings to his Bangladeshi counterpart

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