Sayeeda Jaigirdar's "London 1971"
May I point out that Mr Mohiuddin Ahmed included several inaccuracies in his letter of appreciation to Sayeeda Jagirdar in the letter column of The Daily Star of November 12, 2008.
The Bangladesh Government in Mujibnagar did issue a confidential letter to all East Pakistani officers serving in Pakistan Diplomatic Missions to continue on the roll of the Embassies concerned as long as they could.
The reason attributed was that the Mujibnagar Government could hardly afford to support them abroad due to paucity of foreign exchange.
Mohiuddin was then too junior an officer to know things of this nature. Did he know that a regular PFS officer who rose to the rank of Foreign Secretary in Bangladesh was on the roll of the Pakistan Embassy till 1st April 1971?
In those days of 1971 late Gaus Khan was President of the UK Awami League and was instrumental in mobilizing people and raising funds for liberation of Bangladesh. Sultan Sharif was also a follower of the Awami League, but not of Gaus Khan's stature, calibre and reputation.