Joy urges international community to recognise brutal act of Pak Army as Genocide
Own Correspondent, Dhaka, March 26: Information and technology adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and grandson of Bangabandhu, Sajeeb Wazed Joy, has called on the international community to recognize the brutal actions of the Pakistani Army as 'genocide'.
In a post on his verified Facebook account, Joy wrote, "In 1971, the Pak Army massacred the people of then East Pakistan just because they wanted to have a better life. Bengalis wanted to be heard, to be recognised as equal to the West Pakistani rulers. Instead, they were killed mercilessly in their sleep."
Joy said that on March 25, Yahya Khan's underling Tikka Khan mobilized death squads to initiate 'Operation Searchlight'. They killed 7000 Bengalis in a single night. From that day till the end of the Liberation War 1971, Pakistani soldiers raped more than 200,000 women and killed more than 3 million people.
"This massive genocide displaced 30-40 million Bengalis. More than 10 million people took refuge in India," he added.
Mentioning that the Hamoodur Rahman Commission's report is the most critical piece of evidence of the 1971 Bangladesh Genocide, Joy said, "This report found the Pakistani military deployed in East Pakistan guilty of widespread atrocities, serious acts of human rights violations, other abuses of power."
He said that the then Prime Minister of Pakistan ZA Bhutto had ordered to burn every copy of this report.
Joy said, "These heinous crimes are yet to be universally recognised as genocide. Not recognising the events of 1971 as genocide will not just be severe injustice done to the memories of the victims of genocide, it will be an injustice done to history itself."
"We urge international community to recognise brutal act of Pak Army as Genocide," he added.