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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

[mukto-mona] Pakistani Media & Lawyers expressed "Sorry" for 1971 Genocide in Bangladesh

There is a saying that, "Truth has always a way of catching up with people who think they have laid it to rest in an unmarked grave".


The picture above appeared today in the Daily Prothom Alo (, a widely read national daily in Bangladesh, states that the Pakistani Media and Lawyers have expressed "sorry" to Bangladeshis for the 1971 Genocide for which their armed forces are responsible.


Last tuesday (December 25), on the occasion of Pakistan's founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah's birthday annivarsary held at Islamabad Press Club, the civil society in a meeting expressed such sorry and adopted a resolution. The executive editor of Geo Television of Pakistan, Mr. Hamid Mir proposed the matter of "sorry" for the atrocities and genocide done by Pakistan Armed Forces, which received an unanimous support, the report says. Among others, then Press Secretary of East Pakistan during 1971, Mr. Roedad Khan also expressed his sorry as well in the meeting.


In the past, large and significant sections of the Pakistani media, while periodically recalling that long-ago hour of shame and berating the army of Yahya Khan for the ignominy it brought to Pakistan by its capitulation in Dhaka, have never made bold to report, even so many years after the mauling of history, on precisely the kind of terror the soldiers perpetrated on the Bengalis in 1971. There has never been a second Anthony Mascarenhas. There are Pakistani journalists, civil servants and political leaders who wistfully recall the old days of camaraderie with their 'East Pakistani' brothers. But they get careful at a point and fall short of indulging in serious reflections of what their people did to those 'East Pakistani' brothers close to four decades ago.


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