Reports: Pakistani generals still not held accountable for events of 1971

18 December, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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Even 50 years after the Bengal Liberation War, Pakistani generals have not been held responsible for the events of 1971.

Even 50 years after the Bengal Liberation War, Pakistani generals have not been held responsible for the events of 1971.

Urdu was endorsed as Pakistan’s official language whereas East Pakistan’s proposal for Bangla to be one of the primary languages was ignored. Four students were killed in Dhaka on February 21, 1952, after they protested and called for the recognition of Bangla as one of East Pakistan’s main languages.

Pakistan’s government and military did not consider Bengalis to be worthy members of society after the country’s independence in 1947. The newly created Islamic Republic’s constitution eventually recognised Bangla as an official language in 1956.

Following this, protests against West Pakistan’s arrogance had become a common occurrence in East Pakistan.

According to media reports, Pakistan’s reputation suffered as a result of the 1971 slaughter. Pakistan’s generals, on the other hand, refuse to acknowledge the mass atrocity they orchestrated 50 years ago. West Pakistan, led by General Tikka Khan and General Khan Niazi, was responsible for the killings of about three million Bengalis, as well as the rape of around 400,000 women in the province.

The purchasing power of the Bengali Taka is now twice that of the Pakistani rupee. However, the Republic of Bangladesh has long forgotten its relationship with hardship and has instead chosen to prosper.

Sanchita Haque, Bangladesh’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, has asked that the Pakistani Army be held accountable for the 1971 Genocide.

The Pakistani Army on March 25, 1971 initiated ‘Operation Searchlight,’ in which the Pakistani Army and its soldiers deliberately damaged hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshi civilians.