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Documents on Crimes against Humanity Committed by Pakistan Army and their agents in Bangladesh during 1971
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  the 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 Islam.
"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.
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