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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Pakistanis regret their role in 1971

First of all, let me congratulate all Bangladeshi people on their Independence Day. As a Pakistani expatriate, I meet Bangladeshi friends in Australia and don't see in them any hatred for general Pakistanis. But every year one hears calls from Bangladesh to Pakistanis to apologise for what they did in 1971. This disturbs us who were born after 1971. I can tell the Bangladeshi people that most Pakistani people deeply regret the unfortunate incidents of 1971 and often criticise the irresponsible elements within the administration for the excesses.

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I am a Bangladsehi citizen who was born after 1971. But the truth is it was a terribly painful experience. In our country mainly two dominant political parties come to power and make different approaches towards 1971. We are confused. But this much I can say that when the political leaders themselves do not have the habit of regret, how do they ask for it to others? Anyway, brother Atif, thank you for your right observation.

: Ishtiak Ahmed





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