The Bangladeshi Diaspora in North America has a newfound reason to acclaim October 14, 2022. On this day, two prominent Congress-members Steve Chabot and Ro Khanna introduced a bipartisan resolution in the 117th US Congress for formal recognition of Bangladeshi genocide of 1971. Although Congressman Chabot lost his re-election campaign during the recent midterm polls; the Bangladeshi-Americans hope, his colleagues will honor Chabot’s efforts and provide closure and solace to the genocide victims by censuring Pakistani military and its Islamist collaborators.
The birth of Bangladesh reminds us of one of the most ruinous genocides of the modern world. It started in the spring of 1971 when the Pakistani government launched the notorious Operation Searchlight to maintain order in its eastern Bengal province. Over the next nine months, Pakistani soldiers massacred approximately three million ethnic Bengalis and raped close to half a million Bengali women. The material destruction and ethnic cleansing was intentional and methodical as the Pakistan army mostly targeted Hindu Bengalis for extermination for their religious beliefs. In addition, a large number of nationalist Bengali Muslims seeking freedom from Pakistan were also slaughtered and raped.
ANI Mar 27, 2022 Dhaka: Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said that Pakistan should be ashamed for not seeking an apology for the genocide they committed in 1971.
Replying to the reporter at Foreign Service Academy on Saturday, Momen said, “It’s unfortunate. We always say that Pakistanis should be ashamed. Pakistani military at that time committed heinous crimes and genocide. “Even reports from Pakistan government also said they resorted to excessive torture and violated human rights,” he added according to Bangladeshi newspaper Prothom Alo.
Visiting Minister says Dhaka will soon make a policy declaration on Pakistan’s human rights abuses in the restive region
Bangladesh on Wednesday came out in support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stand on the Balochistan issue, saying Dhaka would soon make a policy declaration on Pakistan’s human rights abuses in Balochistan.
Speaking to The Hindu, Hasanul Haque Inu, the visiting Minister of Information in the Sheikh Hasina government, said Balochistan was facing the brunt of Pakistan’s military establishment, which “targeted” the Bengalis in East Pakistan in 1971 before the creation of Bangladesh.
(CNSNews.com) – Members of Congress expressed their concerns that the F-16 military jets and other weapons the U.S. provides to Pakistan are being used “against their own people” in Baluchistan during a hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday.
The hearing on the future of U.S.-Pakistan relations was held by the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
On 16th of December the Victory day of Bangladesh we publish this article for our readers to see a glimpse of Pakistani army’s atrocity in former East Pakistan.
Lt Col Aziz Ahmed Khan, a Pakistan army officer, who fought the 1971 war in Bangladesh, what was then East Pakistan until 26 March, 1971, went to the Hamdoor Rahman Commission and testified how the commander of the Pakistan army Lt Gen Niazi had ordered genocide.
“General Niazi visited my unit at Thakurgaon and Bogra,” Aziz said in his deposition. “He asked us how many Hindus we had killed. In May, there was an order in writing to kill Hindus. This order was from Brigadier Abdullah Malik of 23 Brigade.”
During a recent visit to Dhaka, I had the opportunity to do research in the National Archives of Bangladesh and the Library of Dhaka University. Although the creation of Bangladesh was not the focus of my research, I was anxious to learn more about the tragic events resulting in the death of countless civilians and the dismemberment of Pakistan.
For this purpose, I picked up the files of two English newspapers, Morning News and Pakistan Observer, published from Dhaka and examined their contents for the months of November and December. I looked at the headlines, feature articles and advertisements printed in these newspapers between November 23, 1971 and December 30, 1971. It was during this period that emergency was declared in Pakistan, war broke out with India and the independent State of Bangladesh came into existence.
United State: Human rights groups are calling for a UN fact-finding mission to Pakistan following the discovery of multiple mass graves in Balochistan province this past weekend. Pakistan’s army has been accused of atrocities bordering on genocide, with thousands of Baloch, including scores of independence activists, being “disappeared” in recent years. Continue reading →
If you are neutral in the situation of injustice you have chosen the side of the oppressor– Deshmond Tutu
War-torn countries are always big mass burial grounds whether it’s Stailn’s Soviet Union or occupied Kurdistan. Few days before three mass graves were found in Tootak area of Khuzdar in Balochistan. More than a hundred mutilated and decomposed bodies of men and women were found. Pakistan army has abducted more than 18000 Baloch from occupied Balochistan and murdered over 1000 of them in military concentrations camps. Continue reading →