Raja Adnan Razzaq

Raja Adnan Razzaq

The author is currently serving as Country Director of Friends of Humanity (FOH) USA in Pakistan. He is the founding Chairman of Society for Migration Studies Pakistan and teaching at Quaid-i-Azam University,Islamabad. He tweets as @Adnanrz99 (twitter.com/adnanrz99)

Why has Pakistan forgotten about the 2.5 lakh Pakistani refugees in Bangladesh?

A few years ago, I was travelling to Birmingham from London’s Marylebone Station. I sat with an elderly Asian who happened to be a Bangladeshi. During the course of our discussion, the tirade of the Fall of Dhaka came up. He suddenly became defensive, stating that Pakistan never wanted Bangladesh to be part of it from the get go. He began to justify his stance and he went on to mention Allama Iqbal’s blunt ignorance towards Bengali Muslims, whilst defining the territorial limits of free Muslim States, claiming that they would constitute the north-western frontier parts of India. He added that in 1948 when Jinnah, the father of ...

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