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Will East Pakistan break away

Will East Pakistan break away

Will East Pakistan finally break away? A report by the Associated Press (AP) during the Liberation War in 1971. The war pitted East Pakistan (later joined by India) against West Pakistan, and... Khan declared: "Kill 3 million of them and the rest will eat out of our hands."

March 25, 1971

This documentary shows throughout the night between March 25 and 26, the Pakistan army killing Bangalees. All day on March 26, the killings went on.

Celebration of Victory

This video recorded on the very day of December 16, 1971 shows people in Dhaka are celebrating a victory after a nine-month deadly struggle  as the West Pakistan army surrendered to the Allied Forces.    

Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendro and Bangladesh's Declaration of Independence

Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendro and Bangladesh's Declaration of Independence

Soon after the Pakistan army took over Dacca Betar Kendro in the early hours of March 26, 1971. The Pakistanis renamed the radio station "Radio Pakistan Dacca" and used it to announce martial law orders. The Pakistan army's attempt at silencing the voice of the Bengalis had begun. Bengalis, however, fought back. The war of Bangladesh's Liberation had begun. On the evening of that same day a small radio station started broadcasting defiantly in the face of the Pakistan military's bloody onslaught on the Bengalis. The clandestine radio station, located in Kalurghat, north of the city of Chittagong, declared to the world: "The Sheikh has declared the 75 million people...

CONVICTION OF WAR CRIMINALS

Dhaka protests resolution by Pak provincial assembly

Dhaka protests resolution by Pak provincial assembly

The foreign ministry today strongly protested adoption of a resolution by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Provincial Assembly of Pakistan on the conviction of the perpetrators of the crimes against humanity and genocide during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. In a diplomatic note sent to the Pakistan high commission in Dhaka, the ministry deplored the adoption of the said resolution. “It was a brazen denial of justice for the victims of the heinous crimes committed by the convicted individuals and that the KPK Assembly chose to speak for Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami,” the foreign ministry said in the diplomatic note. The KPK Assembly was advised not to make such sweeping, biased, misinformed and...

ICT hailed for handing death to AL brass Mobarak

ICT hailed for handing death to AL brass Mobarak

The death penalty for Brahmanbaria Awami League leader Mobarak Hossain clears issues that war criminals will be brought to trial and justice beyond their respective political identity, a faction of Gonojagoron Mancha said today. Imran H Sarker, spokesperson for a Gonojagoron Mancha faction, said he was happy with the special war crimes tribunal awarding...

ICT accepts war crimes charges of 2 ‘Razakars’

ICT accepts war crimes charges of 2 ‘Razakars’

A special war crimes tribunal today accepted charges against alleged Razakars Mahidur Rahman and Afsar Hossain for crimes committed against humanity in 1971. Alleged BNP supporters Mahidur and Afsar were charged with three charges of mass killing, arson, looting, abduction, torture, confinement and murder committed in Chapainawabganj as members of Razakar force in 1971. International...

Mobarak wrongly convicted: Defense

Mobarak wrongly convicted: Defense

The defense counsel of death sentenced Brahmanbaria Awami Legaue leader Mobarak Hossian was dissatisfied with the verdict delivered by the war crimes tribunal today. “Justice was not served. We will appeal to the Supreme Court. We believe we can prove our point to the Appellate Division and then the apex court will clear Mobarak...

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Our Cruel Birth

Our Cruel Birth

In the cold winter morning of December 16, Dhaka cantonment was hot with rumours. The depressed and desperate Pakistani army officers were confused about their fate. Will the yellows from the north (Chinese army) and the whites (American 7th fleet) from the south arrive to rescue them? However, a note from Indian Major General...

Justice denied: Defence

Justice denied: Defence

Justice was denied by penalising fugitive BNP leader MA Zahid Hossain Khokon with death for 1971 war crimes, said the government-appointed defence today after the verdict. “I am not happy with the verdict. It did not establish justice. My client was not involved in any war crime activities and the allegations against him were...

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