Should Pakistan Apologize for 1971? | Q&A

Dec 2012
By M.A.

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PAKISTAN PEOPLE’S PARTY. Fawad Chaudhry (FW), Special Advisor to the Prime Minister

Tanqeed (TQ): Should Pakistan apologize for 1971?

FW: When Pervez Musharraf visited Bangladesh, he regretted what happened. That should be enough.

What happened to pro-Pakistan groups in Bangladesh–that is also a part of history. The girls and the young ones of the pro-united Pakistan were also people. It is not like it was one-way traffic. It was two-way traffic. So why open a Pandora’s Box.

TQ: The Bangladesh government claims that 200,000 women were raped, and 3 million were killed. What are your thoughts on that?

FW: Those are allegations. In any case, it is individual acts. No state or army can order something like this.

What I’m saying is that the same thing happened to the people who were supporters of a united Pakistan. The girls of those families were also raped. The young ones of those families were also stabbed to death. Atrocities happened on both sides.”

TQ: Pakistan asked for an apology for the US attack on Salala. Is that not the same thing?

FW: That is an army attack. An army checkpost was brought under attack. That is an absolutely different case.

This is a case where you are saying whether there are allegations of human rights violations in an army operation. I would say that it happened on both sides. So both sides should apologize to each other for what happened, or let the bygones be bygones.

And Pakistan has already expressed regret. There are also allegations against the Awami League and the Mukti Bahini–allegations of human rights violations. The force, the Mukti Bahini, was sponsored by the Awami League and by India at that time. Why are there no demands for an apology from them? Pakistan has already expressed its regret. The Awami League and the Mukti Bahini has said nothing.

Let the bygones be bygones.

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4 Responses to Should Pakistan Apologize for 1971? | Q&A

  1. Inamur Rahman on Dec 2012 at 10:45 AM

    A good initiative. The politicians in Pakistan, especially the present political parties will not agree to apolagize .

  2. Ryan on Jan 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Interesting comment. Thanks MaS. I have to admit hinavg enough trouble struggling to grasp the inane extremes of Christianity much less exploring the depths of Islam. How did we all get swept up in this fundamentalist extremism of our respective faiths?Imagine if the Muslim world had never had oil but, instead, a favourable climate and an abundance of fertile lands and other non-carbon resources? Then, my friend, you would have to struggle with the concept of a region, a faith, a culture able to develop its own style of democratic institutions and prosperity free of Western influence. Take that back a few centuries and try to imagine where the Islamic world might be today. I don’t care if its your prophet or mine – somebody made us really, really stupid.

  3. Stanislav on Jan 2013 at 4:27 AM

    a very very sitpud sitpud analysis full of hatredouldbanglash is a bery very dear brotherly country with pakistan.we pakistani love bangladeshi nation,will love them for ever.but this indian propaganda machine would be unsuccessful INSHALLAH.they should understand this was a cricket match.long live pakistan and long live bangladesh.

  4. mohsin ali khan on Feb 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Pakistani politicians are foolest politician. Ignorant. people who believe that pakistani army did nothing wrong in Bangladesh should check out some international resources. There are videos and interviews of people in youtube. Just see the pictures of atrocities. They have burnt villages, one after another because some guyz of that village was in Mukti Bahini and people from those villages help them. So to deal with it, the pakistani army was killing everyone. How funny!!! How fool. Pakistani people should apologize. I live outside Bangladesh. I meet pakistani people of new generation. I dont have any hartret for them. But if I find anyone who thinks that pakistani army did the right thing in 1971 in Bangladesh, keep in mind, I will be hating him with all my heart.

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