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Diplomatic move to have talks in London

July 28, 1972


Prime Minister Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had a sleepless night yesterday. He was examined by a three-member medical board soon after his admission in London Clinic. He had to take sedatives following a recurrence of pain due to his gallbladder stone. Doctors will take an X-ray this afternoon before they decide on a firm date for the surgery.


Diplomatic moves are underway to use Bangabandhu's visit in London as an opportunity to begin normalising relations between Bangladesh and Pakistan. Anthony Royle, undersecretary at the British foreign office, hands over a message to Bangabandhu from British Prime Minister Edward Heath. Meanwhile, Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Enayet Karim, who arrived with Bangabandhu, called on Sutherland, head of the South Asia Department at the British foreign office. It is understood the British side tells Enayet that British Foreign Secretary Sir Alex Douglas Hume would be glad to meet Bangabandhu in London and do anything possible to assist in restoring normal relations in the Indian subcontinent.

Pakistan's new ambassador to London Mian Mumtaz Daulatana is known as a close friend of Pakistan President ZA Bhutto and is seen as a likely choice to help set up a meeting between Bangabandhu and ZA Bhutto. 


Bangladesh's home ministry has recently issued an order to attach the properties of the alleged collaborators, who are now absconding, in their own name or in the name of others. The order has been issued in accordance with Bangladesh Collaborators (Special Tribunal) Order 1972. The order is being implemented in different parts of the country and properties of some alleged collaborators have already been attached.

SOURCES: July 29, 1972 issues of Bangladesh Observer, Dainik Bangla and Dainik Ittefaq. 

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