of Hamoodur Rahman Commission supplementary Report in "INDIA TODAY"
there is a great hue and cry in Pakistan among their political parties,
and in military clique of Pakistan, as well as in their civil society
and in the midst of the people's organization of Pakistan.
Some are demanding trial of the war criminals including their many
Generals who conducted the worst sort of war crime, genocide and
crime against humanity in Bangladesh in 1971 in between 25th March
upto December till their surrender in the soil of Bangladesh, and
some are trying to color the Report as Indian conspiracy and as
highly motivated report.
In fact, the Hamoodur Rahman Commission Report was made by the Commission
of Inquiry headed by former Chief Justice Hamoodur Rahman of Pakistan.
The Commission was appointed by the late President Zulfiqur Ali
Bhutto of Pakistan on December 26, 1971. Other members of the Commission
were Supreme Court Justice Anowarul Hoque, High Court Justices Tofail
Ali, and Abdur Rahman. Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Altaf Kadir was Military
Adviser to the Commission.
The main object of the Commission was to inquire into and find out
the circumstances in which the Commander, Eastern Command surrendered
and the members of the Armed Forces of Pakistan under his command
returned the arms and the cease fire was ordered along the borders
of west Pakistan and India along the cease fire line in the State
of Jammu and Kashmir.
After examining 213 witnesses Hamoodur Rahman Commission submitted
its report to the President of Pakistan on July 8, of 1972. The
above facts clearly indicates that H.R. Commission was not the proper
Commission to investigate the war crime, mass rape, genocide and
other atrocities and crimes against humanity conducted by Pakistan
Army along with their collaborators and their lackeys in Bangladesh
They did not have any will and intention to perform the above job
as because it was out of their focus and assignment.
As it was felt that the report was incomplete in absence of witnesses
and testimonies of prisoners of war, military and civil, who were
actually in the ground, the Commission was reactivated and reassembling
was arranged on 23.10.1974.
While preparing supplementary report the Commission examined a considerable
volume of fresh evidence which did not modify the conclusion of
the main report and part III, part IV of the Report dealing with
the main objects; international relations and the military aspects
remained undisturbed. So the supplementary report only dealt with
political background and to matters that occurred after March 1971
in the then East Pakistan.
Chapter 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 of the main report was dealt afresh with
greater detail concerning discipline of the Pak Armed Forces in
the then East Pakistan and finally the Commission winded up the
supplement making some recommendations naturally concerning interest
of Pakistan. So whatever a bit of truth about the war crime and
genocide surfaced from the interrogation was incidental finding.
However, the facts about their crimes in one hand enraged the supporters
of Pak military junta and ashamed the majority of the sane people
of the world including many Pak elites and media. After publishing
the supplementary HRC report the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sk.
Hasina has formally asked for the original report from Pakistan
and demanded Pak apology for 1971 war crime on 13.9.2000. Later
she has formally expressed her desire to try Pakistani war criminals.
General Pervez Musharraf, Chief Executive of Pakistan has promised
to publish the vetted version of the H.R. commission report.
The HRC report reveals a fragment and tint of the truth only. It
is a testimony of partial truth expressing denial of greater involvement
in crime and the biggest war crime and genocide conducted by the
Pak army, probed and proved by their own men. In essence, it is
a whitewash on the greatest crime to save their honor, army in general
and majority of crimes and criminals and ultimately their ego. After
careful study of historical facts, internationally acceptable other
testimonies and the partial truth conceded by the H.R. commission,
one could discover the mountain under the sea looking at the tip
of the iceberg.
In 1971 while the people of Bangladesh were fighting for democracy
and civil right for the people to choose their own leader, the Pak
military junta jumped on the people with all their might and started
indiscriminate killing, rape and arson with deep routed malice and
intention to oppress the Bengali people considering them as inferior
race with utter racial hatred.
The war that Pak regime instituted in 1971 was no mere a civil war.
It was a deliberate act of genocide and a process of ethnic cleansing
and it was shame for our nation that this genocide went unpunished
and unrevealed to the international community. In fact Pakistanis
were very much similar to Nazis for their ideology. Infamous dictator
Ayub Khan used to think Bengalees are lower class race; unfit to
enjoy any kind of freedom, Pakistanis had every right to rule over
the defeated nation - Bengalees, that was his point of view. (Massacre:
Robert Pain Page 30).
Further proof of their activity has been revealed in one book written
by Pakistani Army personnel Siddique Salek, According to his narration
- after the operation Search Light on 25th March 1971, one Capt.
Chowdhury of Pak Army remarked - "Bengalees have been cleansed and
selected properly for at least one generation." Such attitude only
parallels with Nazi's philosophy about their supremacy over the
To resist this Pak Fascist - million of Bangladeshi laid down their
lives and millions of innocents were killed in different genocide
spots, documents of which were not properly placed to the international
community to uplift the spirit of human right and justice.
The H.R. Commission report part II depicts some harrowing tales
of atrocities fabricated by a handful of Pakistani lackeys. The
actual story about the long standing suppression and subjugation,
on Bengali nation has been partly depicted in the "DAWN" on 11.9.2000
by Kazi Md. Jamil in his "Lessons from the Fall of Dhaka", where
he writes -
"With parts of the Hamoodur Rahman Commission report on the fall
of Dhaka appearing in a section of the press many a skeleton has
walked out of our closets. It has disturbed some of the characters
of the story so much that they have started throwing the blame on
others dead or alive.