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1971 bloodsheds in Bangladesh exceeds all previous genocides"

By Asraful Huq and Mahmudul Hasan Raju

DHAKA, Dec 9, 2015 (BSS) - Eminent citizens and commoners of many countries including Pakistan and the USA heavily criticized atrocities of the Pakistani occupation forces during the War of Liberation terming the 1971 genocide in the then East Pakistan as the worst-ever that exceeded all previous genocides.

"The century witnessed the worst bloodshed referring to the atrocities in Indonesia and Germany. But, the genocide in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) carried out by the Pakistani occupation force in the last five months had exceeded all of the previous genocides," according to a booklet published by some Americans.

Americans formed a platform in the USA in 1971 with a motto what they said, "We share a common concern." It was named "Friends of East Bengal". Its headquarters was in New York. The body published a booklet denouncing inhuman atrocities in the East Pakistan in 1971 and supporting liberation war movement by the Bangladeshis.

Not only Americans, but also many Pakistanis in their poems, novels and short stories supported the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971 and voiced against the genocide in East Pakistan carried out by Pakistani occupation forces.

Many Pakistanis including intellectuals, journalists and politicians residing both inside and outside of Pakistan came forward to back the war and because of that a good number of Pakistanis had to suffer jail terms and inhuman torture.

With a view to attracting public and international support to the Bangladesh war, Pakistani intellectuals formed a corps titled "Pakistan Forum" (PF). Its main motto was to inform the world community about the reasons of the Liberation War of Bangladesh.

The PF published a booklet of 80 pages titled "East Bengal: roots of the GENOCIDE" with the help of Friends of East Bengal to inform the world community about the Pakistani atrocities on Bangladeshis. Firoz Ahmed, who wrote essays on French and American newspapers, was Secretary of Pakistan Forum. There were some essays and articles in the publication.

Pakistani poets Ahmed Selim and Habib Jaleb had gone thorough inhuman torture and suffered jail for writing poems supporting the Liberation War of Bangladesh.

At that time, some Pakistanis including Majhar Ali Khan, Tahera Majhar and Asgar Khan gave a statement supporting the war. Asgar Khan's son, who was in the Pakistani army, was also held and tortured for his father's statement.

A letter of Pakistani researcher also Bihari, Iqbal Ahmed and his three friends was published in the New York Times on April 10 in 1971. In the letter, the researcher of Pakistan heavily criticized the atrocities on Bangladeshis by Pakistani junta.

"I had collected 200 poems written in Sindhi language, over 50 from Pashto areas, 20 from Baluchistan, some from Punjab of Pakistan and some others in Urdu and English languages supporting the Liberation War of 1971," said noted historian Professor Dr Muntassir Mamoon in an article "Muktijuddhe Simanta Gandhi Pakistanider Ja Bolechhilen" in his edited book "Muktijuddher Chhinna Dalilpatra."

"A book of 500 pages with the collected poems can be published," he said adding that a Pakistani novel and some short stories on the war had also been found.

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