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1971 Liberation War

Editorial

Khaleda blames violence on the AL

ON Tuesday, foreign diplomats, including the US and EU ambassadors in Dhaka, met with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan office. Reiterating their urgent concerns about violence against innocent citizens of Bangladesh, the diplomats urged Khaleda to ensure that the violence resulting from her movement comes to an end.   Khaleda, however, accused the ruling party men of carrying out the petrol bomb attacks against the common people. She reportedly provided newspaper and video clippings to the diplomats to...

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Notes on South Asia in crisis

Notes on South Asia in crisis

Here we publish a letter and an excerpt of an article. The letter was sent by four West Pakistani academicians in protest of West Pakistan's brutal attack on East Pakistan in 1971. It was published in The New York Times on April 10, 1971. The article was written by the famous West Pakistani...

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Home Rule for Bengal

Home Rule for Bengal

Here we publish a letter and an excerpt of an article. The letter was sent by four West Pakistani academicians in protest of West Pakistan's brutal attack on East Pakistan in 1971. It was published in The New York Times on April 10, 1971. The article was written by the famous West Pakistani...

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How Pakistan Violated Human Rights in Bangladesh

How Pakistan Violated Human Rights in Bangladesh

January 1, 1972 , The Indian Council of World Affairs published a collection of stories about the serious abuses that Pakistani forces committed during the Liberation War of Bangladesh (March 26 to December 16, 1971). Andre Malraux wrote a foreword to this book, "How Pakistan Violated Human Rights in Bangladesh." Here we publish...

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Prelude to an order for genocide

Prelude to an order for genocide

In this article Prof. Rehman Sobhan, who was Professor of Economics at Dacca University and an Adviser to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, describes the background to the Yahya-Mujib talks -- AS President Yahya flew out of Dacca on the night of March 25 he took with him the last hopes of a united Pakistan....

War Crimes in Chapainawabganj, Bagerhat

Mahidur, Afsar killed 19 more

Two survivors yesterday told International Crimes Tribunal-2 how war crimes accused Mahidur Rahman and Afsar Hossain alias Chutu were involved in the killing of at least 19 persons in Chapainawabganj on October 6 and 7 during the 1971 Liberation War. Meanwhile, two freedom fighters corroborated the 15th and 16th prosecution witnesses before International Crimes Tribunal-1 on how a fellow was shot dead by war crimes accused Khan Akram Hossain and Abdul Latif Talukder in Bagerhat in 1971. Testifying before the tribunal-2,...

Jamaat calls hartal for Wednesday, Thursday

Jamaat calls hartal for Wednesday, Thursday

Aggrieved by today's war crimes verdict on Jamaat-e-Islami leader ATM Azharul Islam, the party has called countrywide daylong hartal (shutdown) for Wednesday and Thursday. Jamaat will observe the strike from 6:00am to 5:30pm on Wednesday and Thursday protesting “the government’s conspiracy to kill Azharul”, said a party press release. They also demanded immediate release of...

Gonojagoron Mancha pleased with Azharul’s verdict

Gonojagoron Mancha pleased with Azharul’s verdict

Gonojagoron Mancha brought out a procession of joy in Dhaka today after Jamaat-e-Islami leader ATM Azharul Islam was handed death by a war crimes tribunal. “We are pleased on the verdict,” Mancha faction spokesperson Imran H Sarker said. “This verdict reflects the desire of the people and all the victims of the atrocities of...

December 15, 1971

Considering General Niazi’s ceasefire proposal, the allied force declare to stop air attacks on Dhaka from 5:00am. Besides, the allied force also tell the Pakistan army that no truce would take place before the military surrenders. “If the Pakistan army does not surrender within 9:00am on December 16, then the air attack will resume,” they say. In the afternoon, the allied force enter Savar without resistance. Pakistan troops retreat and ambush them at the entrance of Dhaka on Mirpur Bridge. The...

8 war crimes charges pressed against Forkan ‘Razakar’

8 war crimes charges pressed against Forkan ‘Razakar’

Prosecution today pressed eight charges against war crimes suspect Forkan Mallik of Patuakhali for his crimes against humanity committed during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. Prosecutor Mokhlesure Rahman pressed the formal charges that include mass killing, looting and arson to the registrar office of the International Crimes Tribunal this morning. The 63-year-old hailed from Chailabunia village in Mirzaganj upazila of Patuakhali. After hearing the charges, the International Crimes Tribunal-2 fixed November 30 to decide whether it will take the charges into cognisance. After the International Crimes Tribunal's investigation agency completed the probe report on Forkan on October 27, the report, statements of witnesses and other documents were submitted to the prosecution. On June...

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