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March 25 should be declared as mass killing day

Sun Online Desk     3rd March, 2017 12:44:38 printer

March 25 should be declared as mass killing day

March is the beginning of the blood shaded struggle of 70.5 million Bengalis in East Pakistan then in 1971 as the Pakistan Army unleashed atrocities on the people of the erstwhile East Pakistan to curb the Bengali nationalist movement.


The Pakistan Army launched huge an operation titled “Operation Searchlight”. Ordered by the central government in West Pakistan, this was seen as the sequel to "Operation Blitz" which had been launched in November 1970.


The original plan was envisioned taking control of the major cities on March 26, and then eliminating all opposition, political or military, within one month.


President Yahya Khan at a conference in February 1971 said: "Kill three million of them and the rest will eat out of our hands."


On the night of 25th March the Pakistan Army jumped over the sleeping Bengalis like hungry wolves in a sudden and started mass killing and the main phase of Operation Searchlight ended with the fall of the last major town in Bengali hands in mid-May.


The operation also precipitated the 1971 Bangladesh genocide left 3,000,000 civilians killed and caused roughly 10 million refugees to flee to India.


Bengali intelligentsia, academics, and Hindus were targeted for the harshest treatment, with significant indiscriminate killing taking place.

These systematic killings enraged the Bengalis, who declared independence from Pakistan, to establish the new state of Bangladesh.


In a view of commemorating the atrocities by Pakistani occupation forces, a motion is going to be placed in Parliament soon to declare March 25 as mass killing day.


"There'll be discussions on the proposal in the House on March 11 after the discussions on the thanksgiving motion on the President's speech that ends on March 9," Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury told the House on Thursday.


If the motion is accepted in the House, the government will take steps to observe March 25 as the mass killing day.


The current parliament session that began on January 22 will continue till March 11.


Taking floor in an unscheduled discussion in the House on February 15, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina mentioned that 25th March is certainly a mass killing day and underscored the need for pursuing different international organizations to get its international recognition.


"I think we'll have to take initiatives in this regard. We can adopt a proposal in Parliament to make 25th March the mass killing day. We can also provide information and other proofs to different international organizations so that 25th March could become (International) Mass Killing Day," she had said.


Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed had initiated the discussion referring to the misleading information of a book titled 'Creation of Bangladesh: Myths Exploded' by Junaed Ahmed published from Karachi in Pakistan.


Tofail had demanded the House declare 25th March as the mass killing day.