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First year of Bangladesh Bangabandhu’s nation-building challenges

‘Persuade Pindi to stop persecution’

FEBRUARY 25, 1972


Paul Mark Henry, assistant secretary-general of the UN, today makes an unscheduled air-dash to his headquarters in New York following two consecutive meetings with Bangabandhu. He is believed to be carrying a personal message from the PM to the UN Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim. Although the content of the letter is not known it is understood that Bangabandhu once again requested the chief executive of the world body to immediately intervene to stop persecution of Bangalees in Pakistan. 

Bangabandhu also appeals to the heads of some friendly governments to use their good offices immediately to stop the Pakistani authorities from persecuting Bangalees. In a telephone conversation with Indira Gandhi, Bangabandhu seeks support of the Indian government in the repatriation of Bangalees from Pakistan. 


Bangabandhu reiterates his government's attachment to a policy of non-alignment in an interview with Soviet news agency, TASS. Bangabandhu expresses his gratitude to the government of the Soviet Union for the stance they took in the UN to stifle the imperialist plot against the liberation struggle of Bangladesh. Mujib also says that his visit to the Soviet Union early next month would contribute to the establishment of a personal connection between the leaders of the two countries. 


Indonesia and Malaysia extend formal recognition to Bangladesh ignoring Pakistan President ZA Bhutto's plea to refrain from doing so until he has talks with Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Indian troops pull out of Bangladesh. The decision by Indonesia and Malaysia has raised the number of countries that have recognised Bangladesh to 46. Their partners in ASEAN, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines extended recognition earlier. 

It is reported that the US has told ZA Bhutto of its plan to recognise Bangladesh without setting a specific timetable.  


The three-day conference of the trade representatives of Bangladesh today pleads for providing raw materials, spare parts and working capital to the industries to go into production immediately. Sponsored by the Dhaka Chambers of Commerce and Industries, the conference discussed the problems of economic reconstruction and made detailed recommendations on the future economic policy covering industrial, labour and commerce policies both short and long-term and the infrastructure. The conference opposes the appointment of administrators to industrial establishments who are unable to perform their responsibilities with an absentee owner. In such cases, experienced employees from the executive side of the enterprise can be appointed, delegates of the conference suggest. 

SOURCES: February 26, 1972 issues of Dainik Bangla, The Daily Ittefaq, Azad, Morning News, The Bangladesh Observer and Purbodesh.

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