Advocating Pakistani Apology for Alleged Atrocities
Bassam Javed


Bangladesh will be celebrating its 41st ‘Victory Day’ on 16th of December this year. The day is normally marked to acknowledge Indian connivance with Bangladesh’s secessionist elements in carving out a separate homeland for Bengalis of the then East Pakistan. Since that fateful day in 1971, India holds an extreme influence over Bangladesh’s state matters specially when Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Awami League is in power and treats it as a colony of its own. Since India traditionally invests heavily in Bangladesh elections to engineer ‘Awami League’s” re-election to power, Indian cahoots with Awami League influence Bangladesh decisions in state building. Sheikh Hasina Wajid, like her father remains inherently indebted to Indian aspersions, specially against Pakistan and follows its directions. It may, therefore, may not be naive to conclude that Hasina Wajid’s refusal to attend D-8 Summit in Islamabad may have been at the Indian behest. Hasina Wajid’s government that often regains power through Indian money and clandestine support of Indian intelligence agency, decorated Lieutenant General (R) J F R Jacobs of the Indian Army this year to bestow honor on him for his services in creating Bangladesh. The General had served as the Eastern Military Commander during 1971 war. While talking to the ‘Indian Express’, after the award was announced by Bangladesh, General Jacob thanked the Bangladeshis for acknowledging Indian help in creating a separate homeland for them.

This has not been the first time that Bangladesh acknowledged India’s clandestine support in crafting out Bangladesh. Hasina Wajid is on record to have acknowledged the Indian connection when she revealed that she was a privy to formal plans devised by his father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in London in 1969 to secede eastern wing from Pakistan and re-name it as Bangladesh. General Manekshaw, the Indian army chief wrote in one of his memoirs that India had recruited around 80000 Hindus to help Bengali secessionists free Bangladesh. Also one of the only surviving conspirators of ‘Agartala Conspiracy’ wherein secession of East Pakistan was decided in collusion with Indian Establishment, Colonel ® Shawkat Ali while giving an interview to ‘Dhaka Courier’ in February this year confessed that, “Until recently it was believed that this case was a ploy to get rid of Sheikh Mujib, when in reality it was a case filed on very concrete and true accusations. We did conspire for secession of East Pakistan! The accusations were 100 percent true”. The Colonel is serving as Deputy Speaker of Bangladesh Parliament.

India’s role in dismembering Pakistan was very much known to our Government and the military then in 1971 however, it was only for our Bengali brothers’ connivance that India was able to materialize its sinister plans. It had hoped that by intervening in prevalent volatile environment in East Pakistan at that time, it would achieve two aims one: that it will have a much weakened enemy (Pakistan) on one side and two: that it will have a friendly country (Bangladesh) on the other side that will also act as an extension of its economy. Whereas it failed to tame Pakistan for its strength, it did manage to have ingress in the Bangladesh’s affairs making it subservient to its hegemonic designs. It has already started work on starved Bangladesh by diverting waters of River Ganges and now forcing to accept its terms for granting transit rights through Bangladesh. While the Awami League is in power, India is likely to achieve its strategic objectives in that part of the world. The close association between the present Government with India has also become a point of concern for educated Bengalis who foresee India turning their country virtually into a vassal state. In presence of a large number of historical evidence that points to an undisputed will to secede from Pakistan, it is bewildering to read some pseudo intellectuals, controversial and coincidental media personalities asking Pakistan to apologize on alleged atrocities by Pakistan army. Those who are demanding apology need to study how General Manekshaw managed to recruit tens of thousands Indian mercenaries and supported Mukti Bahinis to wage war against Pakistan army in the then East Pakistan and kill thousands of Pakistan soldiers and civilians who resided and worked there.