Even forty years later, the scars left by the 1971 war pen­e­trate deeply into the Pak­istan-bangladesh re­la­tion­ship.

Southasia - - CONTENTS - By Mu­nir Ishrat Rah­mani

The for­mer East Pak­istan nei­ther for­gets… nor for­gives.

and me­dia cam­paigns. Lot of valu­able lives were lost and atroc­i­ties com­mit­ted by both sides in the en­su­ing months. The es­ca­la­tion of hos­til­i­ties re­sulted in a full-scale war that brought dis­as­ter to Pak­istan and the cre­ation of Bangladesh.

Un­for­tu­nately, most of the ac­counts of the events lead­ing up to the war and the re­ports of atroc­i­ties be­tween the spring and fall of 1971 are not un­bi­ased as these have been nar­rated by par­ti­san ob­servers who had fixed ideas and closed minds. In­dian me­dia’s strong re­port­ing sounded very con­vinc­ing and was be­lieved as whole truth by the world. The Pak­istani me­dia was stunned by the pace of events that were un­fold­ing and they be­longed to, may not have been en­tirely re­li­able but cre­ated a last­ing im­pres­sion on the minds of lis­ten­ers and readers.

Well-re­searched, thor­ough and in­de­pen­dent ac­counts of the events of 1971 in the South Asian sub­con­ti­nent were hardly avail­able. The duo of Richard Sis­son and Leo Rose pub­lished an ex­cel­lent re­search work in 1990, ti­tled “War and Se­ces­sion: Pak­istan, In­dia and the Cre­ation of Bangladesh.” Their re­search work was well re­ceived and it con­trib­uted im­mensely to­wards un­der­stand­ing cor­rectly the his­tor­i­cal events that un­folded in the re­gion dur­ing 1971. Many myths of atroc­i­ties and rape have been ex­posed by Sarmila Bose,

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