After four decades of the bloody war that resulted in the dismemberment of Pakistan, while it may be easy for some people to say that ‘some excesses were committed by both sides’, the realities on the ground are completely different. The fact is that over a million people were killed in this war. Some sources put the figure even higher. The writer of the article ‘War Crime Trials’ termed the people of the then East Pakistan ‘more sensitive and liberal for whom religion was apparently not so important’. He also claimed that the religious-minded people continued to believe in the ideology of Pakistan. Needless to say that the majority of those ‘religiousminded’ lived in West Pakistan.
I wonder how he will explain the rampant killings going on in Pakistan where self-professed ‘devout Muslims’ are killing their Muslim (and nonMuslim as well) countrymen; where the same self-professed groups of ‘devout Muslims’ are denying the ideology and the constitution of Pakistan. Historical facts and occurrences are complex phenomena. They can’t be and shouldn’t be simplified in terms of black and white.
K. M. Saifullah Dhaka, Bangladesh