Bangladesh honors late Indian leader Indira Gandhi

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Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, right, and India's ruling Congress party president Sonia Gandhi arrive for an international Autism conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, July 25, 2011. (AP Photo/ Pavel Rahman)

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh has honored slain Indian leader Indira Gandhi for her government's support to its 1971 war of independence against Pakistan.

Visiting Indian Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi received Bangladesh's highest state award on behalf of her mother-in-law Monday. President Zillur Rahman gave her the "Bangladesh Freedom Honor" at the president's house.

Bangladesh was the eastern wing of Pakistan until independence. Bangladeshis took up arms after the Pakistani military regime crushed their election victory and arrested their popular leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Neighboring India intervened militarily and hosted about 10 million Bangladeshi refugees.

Bangladesh says Pakistani troops killed 3 million civilians during the nine-month war.