March 1971

March 28, 1971: Bangladesh seeks global support

After one of the deadliest nights in the country on March 25, the arrest of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and the declaration of independence on March 26, freedom fighters kept fighting against the Pakistan army.

March 19, 2019
March 19, 2019

Situation gets even more critical

The situation in what was then East Pakistan, and is now Bangladesh, was getting more critical by the day.

March 28, 2018
March 28, 2018

March 28, 1971: Bangladesh seeks global support

After one of the deadliest nights in the country on March 25, the arrest of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and the declaration of independence on March 26, freedom fighters kept fighting against the Pakistan army.

March 27, 2018
March 27, 2018

March 27, 1971: Zia makes radio announcement on independence

As Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared the independence of Bangladesh, resistance began in Chittagong city and many other areas. Intense fighting broke out between the Pakistan military and the freedom fighters.

March 26, 2018
March 26, 2018

March 26, 1971: Bangabandhu declares independence

The atrocities committed by Pakistan occupation forces on the night of March 25 and early hours of the next day on unarmed Bangalees ultimately led to the war for liberation. It was proof that there would be no “negotiation”. The dark night prompted Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to declare the independence of Bangladesh the very next day -- March 26, 1971.

March 21, 2018
March 21, 2018

March 21, 1971: Bhutto arrives, meets Yahya

A significant development of the day was the arrival of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in Dhaka. The chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party had been asked by President Yahya Khan to come to Dhaka and join the negotiations the regime was conducting with the Awami League.

March 20, 2018
March 20, 2018

March 20, 1971: No force can stop Bangalees

The fourth meeting between Pakistani president Yahya Khan and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had begun, but under

March 19, 2018
March 19, 2018

March 19, 1971: First encounter with troops in Joydebpur

Although the Liberation War had not begun, freedom loving Bengalees had already proved that they would do anything for the liberation of their land – even sacrifice their own lives.

March 16, 2018
March 16, 2018

March 16, 1971: Yahya's blunder

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and General Yahya Khan held a closed-door meeting on this day in 1971 at the President's House, now Bangabhaban, for nearly an hour without their aides.

March 15, 2018
March 15, 2018

MARCH 15, 1971: Yahya arrives in Dhaka for 'negotiation'

As the non-cooperation movement entered its third week, peaceful agitations continued as all offices and business places remained

March 14, 2018
March 14, 2018

March 14, 1971: Fight is on for independence

The ongoing non-cooperation movement's second phase was nearing its end.