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