other members were Justice S. Anwarul Haq and Justice Tufael Ali Abdur
Rahman. Lieutenant General Altaf Kadir was the military advisor for
the commission. The commission submitted its report in July 1972 after
interviewing 213 persons. The commission could not interview the Pakistan
troops that fought in Bangladesh as they were in India then as war
prisoners. 72 of these army men were interviewed later when they returned
to Pakistan and a supplementary report was submitted by the commission
in October 1974.
Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto never published the Hamoodur Rahman
Commission Report. The first thing General Ziaul Haq had done after
coming to power was to seize all the distributed copies of the report
and conceal them. The possibility of the report being published by
the government of Ziaul Haq is therefore out of the question. The
subsequent Pakistan governments had done the same thing. The material
that came out on "India Today" in last August was only the supplementary
part of the report from 1974. Several groups have already demanded
that the original report be published. The Foreign Ministry of the
Bangladesh government has formally asked for a copy of the report.
But the Pakistan government is not willing to disclose the Hamoodur
Rahman Commission report. It evidently shows the Pakistan government's
reluctance in addressing the truth.
Hamoodur Rahman Commission did not indict certain people because of
political reasons. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was not even investigated for
any allegation. The main goal was to find out whether Bhutto was a
mere associate or the kingpin behind commissioning armed forces to
suppress the Bangladeshi people after creating a political turmoil.
The commission never even questioned Bhutto. The commission very oddly
exculpated the ruthless General Tikka Khan and Major General Rao Forman
Ali who was behind the killing of the intellectual community. It was
because both of them were very close to Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto ? Bhutto
later made Tikka Khan the Chief of Army Staff and appointed Forman
Ali to high rank. Nonetheless, glimpses of the truth flashed in the
report from time to time. Such indirect recounting or witness statements
serve as admittance of the mass killing they speak of the despicable
plundering carried out by the debauch and drunken so?called army of
"1971 Documents on Crimes against Humanity Committed by Pakistan Army
and their agents in Bangladesh during 1971 (Ekattor: Gonohottar Dalil)"
is the first publication by the Muktijuddho Jadughar (Liberation War
Museum). We have included the supplementary part of the Hamoodur Rahman
Commission report in this edition. We expect that the readers will
not miss the indirect revelations present in the report even after
attempts to hogwash the killing of the intellectual community as well
as the mass killing in Bangladesh. He/she should also be able to read
between the lines. We believe every reader will benefit by analyzing
this book while maintaining such a scrutinizing outlook. It is our
believe that we will be able to take our case to the International
court in no time to demand trial of the war criminals by working together
to build public awareness.