Ahmad Istiak

Series genocide in 1971: Three times a survivor

It is difficult for 68-year-old Shikha Biswas to decide if she is fortunate or not.

Battles that quickened victory

Undeterred by setbacks, the freedom fighters held their nerve, and their resolute spirit fuelled the fight to liberate Bangladesh

Slow pace, irregularities mark monument construction

Since its inception in 2001, the Liberation War affairs ministry has taken up two projects to identify and preserve killing fields in different parts of Bangladesh, but both initiatives have been marred by irregularities and slow pace.

1971 War Killing Fields: Revered but not preserved

An unceremonious monument covered by bushes on three sides is barely visible from the adjacent road. At first sight during our visit in October, it was difficult to make out that the small structure is in fact the memorial of the notorious Pahartoli killing field.

Martyred Intellectuals Day: In search of the forgotten killing fields

“Every night, the Pakistan army and their Bihari collaborators would bring truckloads of people on that bridge,”

Toiling away childhood

At a time when he should have been going to school and growing up with all the happiness and blessings life has to offer, Sajjad ended up experiencing the other end of the spectrum.

Martyred Hafizur finally recognised after 52 years

Martyred guerrilla of the Liberation War, Syed Hafizur Rahman, has finally been recognised as a freedom fighter after his family’s appeals were rejected nine times.

The vanguard of Dhaka’s independence

On June 9, 1971, six guerilla freedom fighters were on the way to the Intercontinental Hotel (InterContinental Dacca) in a hijacked Datsun 1000 car around 6:30pm. Shahidullah Khan Badol was driving, while Kamrul Huq Shopon and Masud Sadek Chullu, Habibul Alam, Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, and Ziauddin Ali Ahmed were carrying three hand grenades each.

May 20, 2023
May 20, 2023

Chuknagar: A shocking savagery

It was around 11:00am on May 20, 1971.

May 6, 2023
May 6, 2023

Childhood trapped in ‘leguna’

“This is Mohammadpur, get off,” a child yelled out to the passengers of a leguna, otherwise known as human hauliers, which had reached the area as early as 7:00am.

April 8, 2023
April 8, 2023

Haunting memories of Jinjira massacre

“Pakistani soldiers broke into our house through the backyard. Sensing their presence, three of my nephews gathered in one room. Another managed to flee. The soldiers entered our house firing indiscriminately killing the 3 helpless boys. They fell on the floor just like logs. …

March 4, 2023
March 4, 2023

Those turbulent first days of ‘71 March

Things changed when on February 15, Bhutto declared that PPP cannot participate in the assembly unless Awami League compromises on its six-point demand.

January 28, 2023
January 28, 2023

Nobody’s children

Just past midnight on Manik Mia Avenue, some children were seen taking the opportunity of the traffic light turning red. While some carried flowers, others had balloons of different colours. They were seen taking these to the passengers of private cars stopped at the signal, requesting them to make a purchase.

December 24, 2022
December 24, 2022

Jean Kay: Unforgettable story of a forgotten friend

December 3, 1971. It was around 11:30am in Paris. A flight of Pakistan International Airlines had just landed at Paris Orly Airport.

December 14, 2022
December 14, 2022

Martyred intellectuals day: Murderous scheme

It was the morning of November 15, 1971. After a two-day weekend, Dr Azharul Haque, a surgeon of Dhaka Medical College Hospital, was in a hurry to go to his hospital. As there was a curfew in place, he called up the hospital authorities to send an ambulance to take him to the office.

October 31, 2022
October 31, 2022

Denied again

Syed Hafizur Rahman, a martyred guerrilla of Liberation War, has once again been denied the state recognition.

October 24, 2022
October 24, 2022

Half a century gone chasing recognition

Syed Hafizur Rahman was part of a band of youths who were trained in urban guerrilla warfare to carry out covert operations and strike fear into the hearts of the Pakistan occupation army during the Liberation War.

May 20, 2022
May 20, 2022

Chuknagar: A sea of blood

The massacre began at 11:00am and ended at 5:00pm. More than 10,000 people were killed by a platoon of Pakistani army, according to local historians.

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