October 14, 1972
BANGABANDHU CONVEYS HIS GRAVE CONCERN TO WALDHEIM
Prime Minister Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in a communication to the United Nations Secretary General Dr Kurt Waldheim expresses grave concern over the rapidly deteriorating condition of the stranded Bangalees in Pakistan and seeks his good office's support in securing their expeditious repatriation.
In a personal letter today Bangabandhu appeals to the secretary general, "It may be recalled that Your Excellency's representative who visited Bangladesh earlier this year was afforded all facilities to see personally the arrangements made by my government for the safety and wellbeing of persons of non-Bangalee origin living in Bangladesh. I shall therefore be grateful if you would kindly consider sending a representative to enquire into the condition of the Bangalees living in Pakistan."
STRANDED BANGALEES WILL BE ENROLLED AS VOTERS
Bangabandhu today assures that the Bangalees stranded in Pakistan would be enrolled as voters. He holds out this assurance while talking to the families of some stranded Bangalees who call on him at the Gono Bhaban today. The prime minister also says that those Bangalees who have already returned home from Pakistan are being enrolled as voters. It may be recalled that the enrolment of voters for the first general election to be held in independent Bangladesh began on October 1, 1972.
BANGLADESH MUST BE ADMITTED TO UN
Afghanistan, Ireland, Thailand, Malta and Chile, all members of the United Nations, have emphasised the need for Bangladesh's admission into the world body in the interest of establishing peace in the subcontinent. Participating in the debate in the General Assembly of the UN the leader of the delegation from Thailand said, "While its [ Bangladesh's] birth took place in unhappy circumstances and the birth pains may be slow to heal, the existence of Bangladesh with its 75 million people and recognised by many nations including Thailand could not be simply brushed aside. "
SOURCES: October 15, 1972 issues of Bangladesh Observer, Dainik Bangla and Dainik Ittefaq.