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1971 not in Pak history
1971 not in Pak history
Eminent Pakistani research scholar and writer Begum Anam Zakaria, addressing a seminar styled “Massacre of Bangladesh in 1971” in Khulna on July 22, said that young generation in Pakistan are not aware of the history of 1971. Their history begins from partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947 while the war of 1971 is referred to as a conspiracy of India and the Hindus.

“Any deviation from that is considered a conspiracy of the Indian Hindus so that the new generation can’t get to know the reality. This concept has been included in the education system of Pakistan”, she observed.

 

Anam Zakaria, also an educationist, is known for her award winning book ‘Footprints of Partition: Narratives of four generations of Pakistanis and Indians’.

 

Anam Zakaria, also an educationist, is known for her award winning book ‘Footprints of Partition: Narratives of four generations of Pakistanis and Indians’.
The manner in which the history of 1971 is taught in Pakistani schools, colleges and universities has been designed to mislead the young generation and keep them in the dark about what actually happened during the war. The tyranny and torture unleashed by the Pakistani occupying forces in 1971 shook the very foundation of conscience and human rights. Children are not told about the brutalities perpetrated by their soldiers, but are told about the ‘conspiracy’ which went into break-up of the country. The impression being created in their mind through these books was that it was ‘Hindu India’ which had created ‘bad blood’ between two ‘Muslim brothers’ pushing them into separation.
Pakistan’s national dailies do not publish messages on the occasion of Bangladesh’s Independence Day (March 26) and Victory Day (December 16) as doing so would obviously invite a reference to the war crimes and atrocities committed by the Pakistani forces. And this would naturally carry an obligation on the part of Pakistan to tender apology.

 

It will not be out of place here to mention that programmes put out by Pakistani TV channels every December speak of the tragedy of East Pakistan’s separation from the rest of Pakistan and the ‘brave fight put up by the Army’ to defend Pakistan from aggression. Pakistan often complain about so-called ‘harassment and over surveillance’ of Pakistani diplomats in Dhaka, ‘anti-Pakistan propaganda’ in Bangladesh media (in the wake of Victory Day and Independence Day), revision of text books particularly history books with ‘anti-Pakistan and pro-India bias’ etc.

 

Pakistan’s national dailies do not publish messages on the occasion of Bangladesh’s Independence Day (March 26) and Victory Day (December 16) as doing so would obviously invite a reference to the war crimes and atrocities committed by the Pakistani forces. And this would naturally carry an obligation on the part of Pakistan to tender apology.

 

Defeat in 1971 war has remained a dishonor and Pakistan has not been able to reconcile with the emergence of Bangladesh. In the 46 years since then, subsequent governments in Islamabad have never been serious about how to resolve 1971. 




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