Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 05:35:39 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter


Historical hatred and bitterness is not easy to deal with

photo by

Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

We do not want to be reminded of the traumatic days of occupation of our people by the Pakistan army in 1971. Apart from anything else, our experiences of those days were too painful to forget easily but not to be able to forget is also too heavy a burden for building a hate free peaceful Bangladesh.The true division of Pakistan began with the subjugation of our people by the Pakistan army following an unforgivable conspiracy hatched under the leadership of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. He became the leader of the majority in West Pakistan in the election of 1970 held with the promise of settling the dispute over autonomy for East Pakistan. The famous Six-Point demand of Awami League outlined the nature of the autonomy.While expressing deep concern at the execution of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed for the crimes committed during the military occupation of Pakistan in 1971, the spokesman of Pakistan Government's Foreign Office  highlighted the need for reconciliation in Bangladesh in accordance with the spirit ofPakistan-India-Bangladesh agreement of April 9, 1974. The agreement calls for a "forward-looking approach in matters relating to 1971. This will foster goodwill and harmony," he said. Pakistan also obtained under the agreement pardon for the war crimes of Pakistan army personnel from Bangabandhu.It is also a matter of public knowledge that Bangabandhu had forgiven the war criminals in Bangladesh on the condition that they would be trialable for crimes against individuals. Of course the present government has different interpretation and see Pakistan's statement as interference in internal matters. They have reason of their own to feel angry. Surely, no country can live with unhappy past for its own good. Reconciliation among us is essential for our national unity. But those  in Pakistan who are now anxious to sympathise for the execution of those who have been found to have committed crimes against humanity must know and recognise behind the scenes  the heartless politics of Bhutto  and how Pakistan army used  them to commit the vengeful killings of unarmed people. They will also have to consider seriously when telling us about the need of reconciliation if their past leaders had shown any consideration of reconciliation with our people when it was needed most.It is not that we are not anxious to reach reconciliation among us. We need not to be told about such need. But circumstances have not proved helpful.After the election of 1970, the army was supposed not to have any political role to play. It was Bhutto who made it impossible for the Martial Law Chief General Yahya Khan to convene the elected National Assembly of united Pakistan. It was Bhutto and some coconspirator generals who forced on our people a military settlement of the political issue.Bhutto should have been tried along with the obliging Generals for their crimes committed against humanity and brutality against our people. But Bhutto was accepted as President of Pakistan. The army should not have been allowed to indulge in brutalities against its own people if the intention was to keep Pakistan together. They treated the people of East Pakistan as enemies and thought it better not to negotiate. No move was taken for reconciliation while tolerating the atrocities month after month for nine months.Bangabandhu was kept as prisoner in Karachi but nobody in West Pakistan cared to talk to him about the situation that prevailed in East Pakistan.Pakistan could have logically insisted that its army would surrender to Bangabandhu. It would have been unthinkable for India to say no. No consideration of reconciliation was shown at that stage also. We could have been separated peacefully. Our information is that both General Rao Farman Ali and General Pirzada are still alive. They should give the accounts of what were going on. General Pirzada was in particular informed about abusing our women suggesting that let the war remain a man to man affair. He felt the necessity of taking some initiative. But nothing worked.There was no situation of humanity to care about how the enemies of the country were being treated. Pakistan became a country of West Pakistanis alone.Nobody's good sense prevailed. The hatred and madness were let loose. To our surprise the political leaders in Pakistan remained silent spectators.The present government (of Pakistan) can say that whatever happened was the doings of the Generals in the past and they should not be held responsible for the past. That is a hard logic but human reasoning cannot ignore the human sensitivity and context of bitter history.What we mean to say is that nobody is holding the present government guilty for the past but expected it to be aware of the burden of sins committed in the past which they are also carrying.It is true that recent executions have been criticised by Turkey and many others. But Pakistan was the sinner and members of the Pakistan army were liable for genocide in East Pakistan as principal accused. So their right words also do not appear right.The present leadership in Pakistan has to understand the wounds inflicted by Pakistan occupation army on us was too deep and the situation left behind was also too complicated and lonely for us to deal with.The inhumanity and heartless conspiracy of those days are still haunting us making things difficult for us also to overcome the divisions and hatred so created.Pakistan is not also having an easy time. It is in danger of being further split up. We have our sympathy for the people of Pakistan.

Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Accidents at level crossings

A newly-married couple and eight others of the bridal party were killed when a Dhaka-bound train rammed their microbus at an unmanned level crossing in Sirajganj's Ullapara upazila on Monday evening. The fatal accident has spoiled unmet dream of the couple. It's due to utter negligence of the Railway Authorities ...

Football »

Argentine sport court member advices Messi to apologize

AP, Buenos Aires :Lionel Messi should apologize for his harsh comments at the Copa America in order to avoid a sanction, an Argentine member of sport's highest court said on Monday.Following defeats in the last two finals, Messi had another frustrating end to the tournament when he was sent off ...

International »

Government restrictions on religion increasing worldwide

AP, New York  :Government restrictions on religion have increased markedly in many places around the world, not only in authoritarian countries, but also in many of Europe's democracies, according to a report surveying 198 countries that was released Monday.The report released by the Pew Research Center, covering developments through 2017, ...

International »

Erdogan hails S-400 deal as Turkey marks 2016 coup bid

AFP, Istanbul :President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday hailed the controversial delivery of a Russian missile defence system despite the threat of US sanctions, as Turkey marked the third anniversary of a bloody coup attempt.Just days before the anniversary, the first batch of the Russian S-400 defence system was delivered ...

Business & Economy »

HMD Global launches two Nokia Smart Phones

Economic Reporter :HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, launched Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 2.2 in Bangladesh.The Launching ceremony was held at a city hotel on Tuesday.  Farhan Rashid, Head of Business of HMD Global Bangladesh, Raquibul Kabir, Managing Director of Union Group, Syed MostahidalHoq, Managing Director of Daraz Bangladesh ...

Entertainment »

Lea Michele to star in Same Time, Next Christmas

Actor Lea Michele is set to star in ABC's Christmas movie titled Same Time, Next Christmas. In the movie, the Glee alum will play Olivia Henderson, a young woman who meets her childhood sweetheart during her family's annual Christmas visit to Hawaii. After being separated by distance and time, the ...

Entertainment »

Amala Paul reveals she is in a relationship

Actress Amala Paul, who is awaiting the release of her upcoming film 'Aadai' on July 19, has revealed that she is in a relationship. It is to be noted that the pretty actress fell in love with Director Vijay while working for 'Deiva Thirumagal' and the duo got married in ...

Cricket »

Cricket World Cup team of the tournament

England won the World Cup for the first time after beating New Zealand in Sunday's thrilling final at Lord's, bringing the curtain down on a dramatic event featuring some superb individual performances.AFP Sport names its team of the tournament:Rohit Sharma (India)The 32-year-old emerged as the tournament's star batsman, making history ...

Cricket »

I will be apologising for rest of my life - Stokes on overthrows drama

Ben Stokes has been saying sorry a lot lately. His latest apology was to the people of New Zealand for one of the most outrageous sporting flukes that contributed to England winning the Cricket World Cup at the expense of the country of his birth.Stokes had already broken New Zealand ...

International »

Iran tanker will be freed after guarantees, says Britain

British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt sought to ease tensions with Iran on Saturday, saying a tanker held by Gibraltar would be released if Tehran guaranteed it was not heading to Syria.He said he had a "constructive call" with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, who he said assured him that ...

Entertainment »

Deepika’s Veronica stays etched; shares sneak peeks as Cocktail turns seven

Bollywood’s leading lady Deepika Padukone gave an electrifying performance in one of her most strongly essayed characters- Veronica which stays as one of her most memorable characters. As Cocktail clocks seven years today, the actress took to social media to give a shout-out to one of her most rebellious characters ...

Cricket »

Mashrafe begins practice amid concern over his Sri Lanka tour

Amid the widespread apprehension over his Sri Lanka tour following a hamstring injury that kept him at bay throughout the World Cup, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza began practice at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Sunday.He was seen spending busy time in gymnasium and latter running at the Stadium, ...

Editorial »

Lee Nak-yeon's visit to strengthen Dhaka -Seoul ties

THE official bilateral talks between Bangladesh and South Korea held at the Prime Minister's Office in Dhaka on Sunday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her South Korean counterpart Lee Nak-yeon led their respective sides. After the talks, a number of bilateral instruments on trade, investment and cultural fronts were signed. ...

International »

Israel threatens 'crushing' response to any Hezbollah strike

AFP, Jerusalem :Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned the head of Lebanon's Tehran-backed Hezbollah that "crushing" retaliation would follow any attack, after its leader said the group's rockets could reach Tel Aviv."Over the weekend we heard (Hassan) Nasrallah's boasting about his attack plans," he said at the start ...

Entertainment »

Nishita Barua`s new songs

Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Anybody can identify the voice of Nishita Barua by virtue of her vocal. It is really a matter for a singer to introduce herself by her ‘signature voice.’ Nishita has been getting positive response from the listeners from the beginning of her career in music. With her ...

Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Write a comment to this news