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  • Bangladesh hangs JI leader for 1971 killings

    DHAKA: Bangladesh authorities on Saturday hanged a top Islamist leader for overseeing a massacre during the nation’s 1971 independence war against Pakistan, officials said...

    Kamaruzzaman, the third most senior figure in the Jamaat-i-Islami party, was convicted of abduction, torture and mass murder as one of the leaders of a pro-Pakistan militia that killed thousands of people during Bangladesh’s bloody independence struggle...

  • Footprints: ‘How can we forget Dec 16, 1971?’

    When I used to pass it as a child, I’d always wonder at the billboard: “Hamaray haan Mashriqi Pakistan ki masnooaat dastiyaab hain [Products of East Pakistan are available here]...

    But the Alam brothers insist on believing in this “myth” that East Pakistan is still part of the country...

  • Bangladesh sentences 2 more to death in 1971 war crimes

    NEW DELHI: A special war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh on Tuesday sentenced two more men to death after finding them guilty of killing, kidnapping and looting during the country's independence war against Pakistan in 1971...

    Prosecutors said they helped Pakistani soldiers attack a village in Netrokona district on Oct 19, 1971...

  • Flashback to 1971

    BY not respecting the verdict of the people in the 1970 elections and by launching the Pakistan Army against its own people in East Pakistan, the military leadership had created a crisis of frightening magnitude...

    Having decided to solve a political issue through military means, they should have foreseen war with India and prepared for it, first by ensuring the defence of Dhaka, the focal point of strategy for both armies, and then...

  • Bangladesh sentences three militiamen to death for 1971 'war crimes'

    DHAKA: A special tribunal in Bangladesh on Monday sentenced three militia members to death for carrying out killings and other serious crimes in the country during the 1971 war between India and Pakistan...

    The accused men were members of the Al Badr militia group which the Bangladesh government say, collaborated with the Pakistani army to commit genocide in country's Jamalpur district in 1971...

  • Bangladesh JI member sentenced to death for war crimes in 1971

    NEW DELHI: A special tribunal dealing with war crimes committed during Bangladesh's independence war against Pakistan in 1971 has sentenced a former lawmaker to death and seven others to life in prison for murder and other crimes...

    In May, Bangladesh executed Motiur Rahman Nizami, leader of the JI, just days after the nation's highest court dismissed his final appeal to overturn the death sentence for atrocities committed during the...

  • Bangladesh hangs JI financier for 1971 war crimes

    Mir Quasem Ali, a key leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was executed after being convicted by a controversial war crimes tribunal for offences committed during the 1971 independence conflict with Pakistan...

    Prosecutors said Ali was a key commander of the notorious pro-Pakistan militia in the southern port city of Chittagong during the war, and later became a shipping, banking and real estate tycoon...

  • Bangladesh executes top Jamaat leader Motiur Rahman over '1971 war crimes'

    Motiur Rahman Nizami, leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was hanged at a prison in the capital Dhaka, just days after the nation's highest court dismissed his final appeal to overturn the death sentence for atrocities committed during the country's 1971 war...

    The 1971 conflict, one of the bloodiest in world history, led to the creation of an independent Bangladesh from what was then East Pakistan...

  • Soviets tried to avert 1971 war: CIA files

    NEW DELHI: The common belief that the 1971 war between India and Pakistan was among other factors a reflection of the Cold War realpolitik stands contradicted by the recently released CIA files...

    The files declassified in the last days of the Obama administration also show that while the late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was blamed for much of the crisis with the predominantly Bengali East Pakistan, it was the West Pakistani component of the...

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