In the general election of the constituent assembly of Pakistan in December 1970, Awami League, led by Bengalee leader Bangbondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, won absolute majority. But instead ...
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In the general election of the constituent assembly of Pakistan in December 1970, Awami League, led by Bengalee leader Bangbondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, won absolute majority. But instead of handing over power to the elected Bengalee representatives, the Pakistan army on 25th March 1971, launched a brutal military crackdown on the Bengalees code named as "Operation Searchlight". Since then up to the liberation of Bangladesh in December, for long nine months, the marauding Pakistan army perpetrated a nationwide genocide in East Pakistan. It is assumed that around three million people were killed, more than two hundred thousand women were raped and about ten million refugees had to flee to India. The Bengalee military and para-military personnels, the youth and the students formed Muktibahini, who resiliently fought against the Pakistan army and their local collaborators. In December, a full-fledged war broke out between Bangladesh and India against Pakistan. Bangladesh was finally ...Written by
For this documentary film, director Tanvir Mokammel has shot 250 hours of footage and interviewed 176 individuals including military commanders, freedom fighters, politicians, diplomats, raped women, refugees and survivors from the mass killings by occupying Pakistan Army. See more »