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12:00 AM, December 09, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:55 AM, December 09, 2019

On this day in 1971


In a Kolkata press conference, General Aurora of Indian army says they are ready for larger warfare as Indian infantry, logistics and PT-67 amphibious tanks are ready to enter Bangladesh. 

The allied force is advancing towards Dhaka from all four sides. On the east, a faction is advancing towards Ashuganj, Daudkandi and Chandpur. On the west, a faction reaches the bank of Madhumati River. Another group frees Kushtia and is heading towards Goalanda. The final section reaches near Mymensingh from Haluaghat. 

Pakistani representative for the UN General Assembly Mahmud Ali returns to Pakistan and meets President Yahya Khan. In a press conference, he criticises Soviet Union’s stance. He says that the USSR should have stopped supporting India for the sake of global peace. Praising the stances of US and China, he says, “Pakistan thanks you for your historical and brave support.”

An Indian brigade attacks Jamalpur in the afternoon. A few companies of Muktibahini and another group of Indian army join the brigade from the left and right parts of the districts after crossing the Brahmaputra River reaching the southern bank. Later, Indian air force drops a few thousand tonnes of bombs on Pakistani bases for an hour. Almost 600 Pakistan military men are arrested by the allied force while they retreat.

Field Marshal Manekshaw advises Pakistani soldiers to surrender weapons. He says that the Indian troops have entered Bangladesh. “Surrender if you want to live, or else, you will be killed brutally,” he says.

Newly appointed Pakistani Prime Minister Nurul Amin addresses the nation via Radio Pakistan. He asks the nation to stand united against the Indian “attack and intrigues”. Criticising the allied force’s activities, he says that thousands of civilians have been killed in their attacks.

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