For some, West Pakistan may be home but East Pakistan will never be forgotten

Published: December 13, 2015

During the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh, the Biharis were accused of supporting West Pakistan and even now many view them as traitors. PHOTO: ALJAZEERA

When people would ask me my ethnicity, I used to proudly declare that I am Bengali. This was before I understood the concepts of nationalism, citizenship and belonging. I learnt in my adolescent years that I am, in fact, not Bengali. I am not even from Bangladesh. I have Gujrati origins, and my great grandfather and his family lived in East Pakistan for 24 years after partition.

My father only spent seven or eight years in East Pakistan before moving to West Pakistan during the war. Both, my great grandfather and my grandfather, whom I knew closely, spent an important part of their lives in East Pakistan. I have never been to Bangladesh but I feel like a part of me is attached to that piece of land I cannot call my own.

Therefore, when the time came for me to choose a topic for my independent study, I decided to delve deep into understanding my own complex national identity. I had several questions that were begging to be answered:

Why did I feel connected to Bangladesh?

How could my grandfather’s memories and experiences have resonated with me so strongly that for 18 years of my life, I actually thought that I was of Bengali origin?

Why was it that whenever Bangladesh won a cricket match, I secretly felt happy?

Growing up, I always knew that Bangladesh held a special place in my grandfather’s heart because his dessert always came from a bakery called ‘Dacca Sweets’ in Karachi and my parents mostly employed labourers of Bengali origins at our factory.

Fish and daal chawal was a regular dish for lunch at home. I found out, quite later on, that most Pakistani households do not have a particular affinity towards that dish.

While travelling, my grandfather would always stop to talk to anyone who was from Bangladesh. I remember him telling me stories about how he went from being the son of a hawker at a train station to being the owner of industries and businesses not just in Pakistan but also the United Kingdom. I fell in love with his adventures in East Pakistan and in the process appropriated that land for myself as well. He lived in Pakistan for over 35 years but he never forgot the time he spent in East Pakistan. He longed to go back and visit the house he built there but he never did. I inherited his longing and his pain for his home.

When I began research for my independent study, I found out that I was not the only one who felt this way. There were Biharis at my university who grew up with memories of East Pakistan and felt attached to a land where they are no longer welcome. They have it worse than anyone else because up until 2008, they were not even legal citizens. They were persecuted for being “Urdu-speaking” and labelled as traitors by Bengali nationalists. Post 1971, the Bihari community made a formal request to the West Pakistani government to provide asylum but the request was denied. They were essentially ‘stateless’.

Abeera Akhtar

Abeera Akhtar, one of my interviewees, told me that every Eid, her father and her uncles get together and talk about their lives in East Pakistan. Abeera’s family is from Chittagong and her father and uncles grew up in East Pakistan. Her father was 12-years-old when the war broke out but her uncle was 17-years-old and was old enough to be involved with the Red Cross’ rehabilitation efforts. She narrated the story of how the Mukti Bahini came to her grandfather’s house. Her grandfather was in hiding and they abducted her uncle. Fortunately, he escaped and returned home months later.

Eventually, her family moved to Karachi when living in East Pakistan became unsafe for the Bihari community. They left everything behind; their house, possessions, neighbours and friends. She added that even though her family suffered and was under threat from nationalists, on Eid dinners they only have fond memories of East Pakistan. She told me with an amusing glint in her eye that her father knows very little Bengali and once, on vacation, a Bengali fruit seller referred to him as “Bengali Bondhu”.

Her father and her uncles have been planning on visiting Chittagong, where they grew up, but have been delaying the visit because they heard that the neighbourhood they grew up in is nothing like it used to be. They searched for their house on Google maps and found the warehouse and the lake that was near their home. They were able to spot the street of their residence as well.

Last Eid, Abeera’s father and his siblings made dahi bhallay all night to honour an important tradition from their childhood in East Pakistan. When asked about the relationship with her family’s Bengali neighbours, she told me that her grandfather mentioned that not all Bengalis were against them. A Bengali family had hid her paternal uncle from the Mukti Bahini.

Finally, she mentioned how a huge part of her life has been about these memories of Chittagong, now a part of Bangladesh. Her family was constantly threatened by the Mukti Bahini but it’s the fond memories of their school life in Chittagong that her uncles and her father discuss, not the brutality of the nationalists. From the recollection of her father’s stories, I could tell that he, despite having to swap homes, has not really forgotten his first one. East Pakistan still forms an important part of his consciousness.

Junaid Ahmed

My next interviewee was Junaid Ahmed whose mother lived in East Pakistan. He grew up in a household with traditions and values adopted from his old home. He mentioned that if it ever rained on a Thursday, his mother would get all the servants to cover up the lawn chairs and move everything indoors because of jummahraat jhari (Thursday showers); the common belief in Bangladesh that if it rains on a Thursday, it will rain for the rest of the week. His mother and his maternal grandmother rarely wear shalwar kameez; they almost always wear saris. His mother speaks fluent Bengali and talks to the Bengali housekeeper in her native language as well. Junaid’s parents now live in Jeddah, where he often finds his mother watching Bengali TV channels.

When my grandfather passed away last year, it made me realise how important his memory of East Pakistan is to me. His stories and values shaped the way I was brought up. Nationalistic forces took away his country but it could not take away what was important; his love for his home.

His death also made me realise the importance of telling stories. The stories of those who experienced these wars need to be recorded to form an alternative narrative. The state narrative does not project how people were really affected by the decisions of those in power. Women, children and minority groups have little or no voice. Their stories need to be heard to get a better perspective regarding what really happened during partition and the 1971 war.

A few years ago, I was in Rome and a Bengali street vendor found out that we were a group of Pakistanis. He refused to sell anything to us and called us ‘kominas’ (scoundrels)I tried to tell him that I was like him, and that my family had lived in East Pakistan, but he did not listen.

It was years later that I concurred that I was not like him. I had been labelled as ‘the other’. Nationalism and state politics tore apart an entire country. People like Abeera’s father, Junaid’s mother and my grandfather had to leave a land that was dear to them and settle somewhere else. They lost their home and had to search for a home elsewhere. They might have found one in Pakistan but East Pakistan will never be forgotten.

Sarah Amin Ali

Sarah Amin Ali

The author is a LUMS graduate. She currently works at Special Olympics and is a football coach for toddlers. She doesn't remember her Twitter handle.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • 47er

    One of the biggest misnomers a lot of Pakistanis and Bangladeshis have is that all non bengalis in East Pakistan were biharis, which isn’t true – “Bihari” was used as a racial slur, an umbrella term for all for all non bengalis that migrated to East Pakistan, just like how nowadays all non Baloch ate labelled “Punjabi” in Balochistan regardless of their actual origin and also after many urdu speakers came to Karachi from East Pakistan after the war, they were labelled either bihari or bengali out of ignorance.Recommend

  • Kashif

    Beautifully written article. I was born in Karachi but my parents even tho born in India had grown up in East Pakistan. We are still trying to get hold of our property in Dhan Mandi :) – wishful thinking I know. Tho my parents are passed away now (with in the last 7 yrs) – I remember how fondly they used to talk about growing up in Dhaka. We all talk about how west is arrogant and racist. I strongly believe that same qualities of arrogance and racism is found amongst us. Recommend

  • Vish

    No worries. Just as your great-grandfather could easily leave a land where he was most probably born and you claim was dear to him, so can you adjust to your West Pakistan surroundings. For Muslims, affinities and ties either to their lands of birth or to the lands they adopt is only transient and subservient to their loyalty to the Ummah. Just as your great-grandfather could easily move from his birth-place to East Pakistan and then West Pakistan so can you. As a Muslim your loyalties must lie only with the Ummah and not with man created nationalities.Recommend

  • Rohan

    Just goes to show how ridiculous the 2 nation theory was when Punjabi Muslims couldn’t live together with Bengalis.Recommend

  • Salma

    First of all, it was the Pakistan. Bigger and greater in population than the western wing. Secondly, it is now Bangla Desh, with no religious connotation. Even as we rue the loss of the past, we should be careful not to slip into malapropisms. That would be misconstrued. May be that is what happened in Rome. May be an old festering wound was poked.Recommend


    Thanks for this article I spent 16 beautiful years of my life in East Pakistan, before the madness set in where brother killed brother. I was at the Faujdarhat Cadet College and was planning to join the army but after 1971 when my dad was killed by Muktee Bahini I decided that I will not involve myself in killing any human being. I wait for the day of judgement eagerly as I want that the people who made the lives of millions of humans hell should be served divine justice. I still have Bengalee friends and speak the language but have learnt to do my best with whatever life rolls out. However, I never can kill or harm another human being…….Recommend

  • siesmann

    Many people suffer by association than anything they might have done.”Biharis” did suffer unwittingly,but look at the other side.Not only their
    will was disregarded,but A GENOCIDE WAS PERPETRATED ON THEM.Bengalis were killed in hordes by Pakistan and their cronies like Al-Shams and Al-Badar.The women were raped in bulk. And the sad thing is that Pakistan never have even the decency to apologize.Germans apologized to Jews, Americans apologized to Japanese and compensated them,and there are other examples.The Bengalis never had a closure.Tauba and asking for forgiveness is part of Islamic faith,but Pakistani Mullah and leadership is reluctant about it.Why?Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    This mythical Ummah makes a native convert lose his native name and take alien Semitic name, give up ones native organic language and culture. We all know artificial and foreign import is toxic in long run. When the native roots are gone, one is more mobile but one also becomes a parasite who hates everything native. The ghettos of Muslims in Europe, so called radicalization of AfPak society is because of this parasitic-ness. Parasites try to create fake foreign roots. The elite try to be more Anglo than Angloes and the middle class and poor try to be more Bedouin than Bedouin. This chase for alien mirage leads to weird psychotic behavior. Author’s grand dad had not a sentence to tell about exploitation of Bangalis for 25 years, killing of 3 Million Bangalis, eviction of 11 Million Bangalis from their homes and gang rapes of half a million Bangalis. What he did not tells, tells a lot about how ummahization breeds parasitic-ness.Recommend

  • Fawad

    So many Sikhs in India a have similar but more traumatic story to tell. They were running towards India and there family members were killed and females were raped. But still they feel affinity towards Pakistan part of Punjab and long for it.Recommend

  • wb

    Would you also call the massacre of Hindus and Muslims in 1947 as brother killing brother? Or was that not a brother?

    Follow up question: If the two were brothers, what was 1947 for?Recommend

  • Bairooni Haath

    Bihari Muslims, Gujarati Muslims and Punjabi Muslims all lived the good life in East Pakistan by exploiting the Bengalis. The oppressors and the oppressed have different experiences and different narratives. The Bengalis managed to get rid of the Punjabis and Gujaratis in 1971 but remain stuck with the Biharis, who Pakistan will not accept.Recommend

  • Hasan Khan

    I,being a Pakistani, having IMMENSE love for my country, Pakistan; I feel disgusted at this deceptive and ungrateful!!!..Wait!!!…East Pakistan or should be called as Bangladeshis living in Pakistan for “35 YEARS”….didn’t do justice to Pakistan, NOT EVEN to an amount of a MOLECULE, a motherland which accommodated you when you were stateless(orphans)-cloth-less,bare foot,hopeless, food and sleep deprived, shelter-less ,un-educated, resource-less and everything which You couldn’t have imagined.This article has turned into an example of itself,a Proved affidavit and has left me injured and deeply wounded that the space(Pakistan) which was used a couple of years back to accommodate thankless and unworthy people, could have been worthfuly utilized to accommodate exiled Pakistanis abroad who were dying and begging to return back to Pakistan since 1947 and 1971 partition(ignoring present circumstances) OR anybody else who had a true love for Pakistan OR worth accommodating somebody who have after living for “35 YEARS” might have fallen in love with Pakistan by default OR AT LEAST show a little patriotism/ respect for a motherland which accommodated when you needed the most…….could have fled to another country at time of decision making….. I mean ANY country…..WHY Pakistan???????……Pakistan NEVER needed you…it was YOU who needed Pakistan…..* feeling wrathful*,* into tears*..*deceived*..*Pity*Recommend

  • V. C. Bhutani

    Dear Madam, I was made in Rawalpindi in 1939. About April 1947 I saw riots on College Street, which was outside Gordon College. We had to leave our home in Arya Samaj Mohalla, opposite Gordon College. I couldn’t understand why people were fighting and why we had to leave our home. We remained in a camp in a school which did not reopen after summer vacation. Then we managed to leave Rawalpindi in October, wearing my shirt and knickers and shoes and carrying nothing else. My family re-located to several places in India. As I grew up and finished school and college, I understood what happened in 1947. I still have memories of our home, my school and some bazars, and of course Gordon College and Company Bagh. I have very few memories. Sometimes I feel a pang and wish to see Rawalpindi again. I am past 76 now. Who knows? V. C. Bhutani, a Hindu, Delhi, 13 Dec 2015, 1931 ISTRecommend

  • Hasan Khan

    I,being a Pakistani, having IMMENSE love for my country, Pakistan. East Pakistan or should be called as Bangladeshis living in Pakistan for “35 YERAS”….didn’t do justice to Pakistan NOT EVEN to an amount of a MOLECULE, a motherland which accommodated you when you were stateless(orphans)-cloth-less,bare foot,hopeless, food and sleep deprived, shelter-less ,illiterate, resource-less and everything which You couldn’t have imagined.This article has turned into an example of itself,a Proved affidavit and has left me injured and deeply wounded that the space(Pakistan) which was used a couple of years back to accommodate thankless people, could have been worthily utilized to accommodate exiled Pakistanis abroad who were and begging to return back to Pakistan since 1947 and 1971 partition(ignoring present circumstances) OR anybody else who had a true love for Pakistan OR worth accommodating somebody who have after living for “35 YEARS” might have fallen in love with Pakistan by default OR AT LEAST show a little patriotism/ respect for a motherland which accommodated when you needed the most…….could have fled to another country at time of decision making….. I mean ANY country…..WHY Pakistan???????……Pakistan NEVER needed you…it was YOU who needed Pakistan.Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    Good one Sarah. A delicate subject handled very well.

    I have never heard a Pakistani addressing Mukti Bahini as nationalists, you obviously did not want to hurt the sentiments of those whom you still hold close to your heart.Recommend

  • Dipak Mehta

    ZAB forgot East Pakistan so he can rule the WestRecommend

  • harry

    Had west been that arrogant as your ruling elite had been to the Bengalis, Pakistanis would not have flourished in the west. Bihari Muslims are very unfortunate people because they left India to the country they loved, and still they are called Mohajirs. Some of them are not that lucky when they were not allowed to enter pakistan. Funny how some Pakistani columnists talk about Kashmiris as if their herat bleeds for Indian Kashmiri when they do not treat their own people well.Recommend

  • harry

    Millions of people have lost their homes due to the ” Bombyete Mussalman from Bomabay” , meaning a stupid Muslim from Bombay, according to Taslima Nasreen. If religion could glue people together, there would have been one Arab country, not a dozen. When will Pakistanis learn?Recommend

  • Sidra

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog. its quite relate-able,I have also grown listening to the same story both from my mother and my father. even though its been a longtime they have moved to west Pakistan,but they never misses the chance to tell the stories of the time that they spent in Bangladesh,be it every Eid dinner or any other get together.Recommend

  • S

    I feel sorry for you Sarah but Pakistanis have no emotional, cultural or any other type of connection with Bangladesh. Most Pakistanis will not be able to relate to what you are saying. The generation that exists now has no idea about Bangladesh other than that it’s a Muslim majority Asian country. You and your relatives need to make peace with the Pakistan that exists today, not what existed 40+ years ago.Recommend

  • optimist

    Great piece really…. though born long after the 1971, I and many others of my generation have only the feeling of love and affection towards Bangladesh.welldoneRecommend

  • Sid

    Chill dude. The amount of stress you are projecting I do worry about your health. Can’t see what in Sarah’s article blew off your lid. Well, anyway, hopefully you find peace.Recommend

  • Jasvinder Singh Marwaha

    What makes you think so. Most of us do not care. Generation which had links with West Punjab is almost gone. Now, Pakistan is a land on other side of the moon.Recommend

  • Anannya

    Wounds heal in time if tended. Bad memories fade if not refreshed. The war of freedom of Bangladesh was bloody. Wars are meant to be bloody. But even that could be reconciled with if there were any sign of remorse from the state of Pakistan or most of its people. But that hope has been proven to be false time and time again. Even now, parliament issues statements of resentment and protest in the hope to interfere with the judicial proceedings of war criminals in Bangladesh, let alone the absolute immunity it granted to those in military. As much can be seen from media outlets, that mindset has changed little.

    What do you expect in return if that is the state of affair? Flowers? Sure your ancestors were happy in colonized Bangladesh. They were from the ruling class. How about the Bengalis back then? Were they happy as their language being taken away, or when their consensus ignored or when their bright and young being massacred like cattle(by the way it was exactly this day of 1971- what an irony, not a word spent on that)? Nice words are not going to fill this gaping wound. Only actions in future can. You see Ms. Sarah Amin Ali, it is not the case of nationalism, but the conflicted identity of you and the nation – not of Bangladesh.Recommend

  • Tariq Moen

    At the time of Dhaka Fall, I was just 15 year old boy living in Karachi. I have a lot in my memories. We used to learn bengla language through Radio Pakistan program. In morning news at seven used to start with the words ::: yeh radio pakistan hay. is waqt purbo pakistan mein subha k chey aur pchchami pakistan mein subha k saat bajey hein. I also learnt the words apnaar na ki ? aamaar na tariq moen. aapnar bari kothaey ? aamaar bari pakistan. apnaar aamaar bondhu. :::: On the day of Dhaka Fall TV on TV Chushti Mujahid was reading the evening news :::: Here is a flash …. Condition of Dhaka is grim and fighting is being done a few miles from Dhaka …… One of my elder cousin who was from Lahore and living with us was very sad. I had learnt many bengali sentences thru radio………… In seventies me and my friend also form “Standard Quiz Society” and we used to arrange quiz competitions thru News Papers (mostly Daily Mashriq) and one of the fond participants was from Eisherdi Chittagong. We also mail the informative books to winners. Even tens of years later brotherhood with bengalies didn’t wash away and it was my one of my utmost desire to visit Bangla Desh and meet people there. Alhamdulillah, in 2008 I managed to visit Dhaka taking advantage of my PIA Service.Recommend

  • Rehan Ali

    My father was a frequent traveller to Khulna where my uncle used to live until the war. They say West Pakistan is nothing like the East. The values, professionalism and sense of duty is what they miss the most.
    My uncle could never settle in Pakistan as he wasn’t very fond of greasing palms.Recommend

  • Kushal

    How about the Hindus who were the original inhabitants of the land now called Bangladesh, and were forced to leave their land?Recommend

  • goldconsumer

    The Bengali Muslims chose to form a separate homeland inspite of taller than mountains and deeper than seas friendship of mukti bahni with Indian Hindus. So please spend your free time in the call centre some where elseRecommend

  • Ahsan

    Well considering the recent events in India the two nation theory doesn’t seem like a ridiculous idea!!Recommend

  • Jameel ur Rasheed

    Two nation theory was based primarily on religion and not ethnicity!Recommend

  • Ajay

    I have a question for my young, educated Muslim friends. I am putting down the questions , I am unable to find a reasonable answer, with no offence meant to anyone. Please answer.
    The way religion is practiced in Muslim Countries is poison for society. It creates more division in Society than good. I dont understand why should Muslim majority nations call themselves Islamic Nations? At the same time they adopt Sharia selectively. There is agitation going on in Pakistan to adopt Sharia fully by some religious heads. The moment religion is used in governance, these elements are bound to raise head. What the ISIS is trying to achieve is just a larger version of Islamic Nation, which in fact is somewhere in Muslims religious texts or beliefs. No other religion in present time mixes religion in Governance, other than Islam. Why cant Muslim majority nations first become Secular and Democratic? Religion is the way to become spiritual and achieve divinity and to be practiced in private. Not to be flaunted as a brand or to rule over others. At least this is the call of modern times when people are educated. The most hippocratic thing is when these Muslims go to foreign countries they want secularism.Recommend

  • Jawad

    Sir , do pay a visit . We welcome you . Gordon college is still the same but surrounding is changed Recommend

  • Ram

    See Ms Sarah Amin Ali you need dig little more deeper it’s like peeling an onion, you were told you are a Muslim and you are Pakistani but you dig deeper to find out you are Bengali and little deeper reveals that you are actually Gujarati, now where do you go from there dig little deeper and find out more about ancestor from Gujarat area but you need to have courage to accept that because you may find out you look like a any other Gujarati who is also happens to be Hindu/Jains/Buddist do you have courage accept that truth.

    Pakistan had Bangladesh based on Muslim identify and it was never able to keep it and Bangladesh remains a independent country and also a Muslim majority Country, having lost what it had Pakistan relentlessly trying to have Kashmir which it never had and will never have, essentially two nation theory divided Muslims of sub continent into three countries so again another truth which is hard to accept againRecommend

  • Anis Motiwala

    All the more reason it should have stayed as one Pakistan !Recommend

  • Rohan

    The 2 nation theory failed in 1971 everything else after is irrelevantRecommend

  • Anis Motiwala

    WHY? We were in Pakistan. Being forced to move from Pakistan to Pakistan and then be denied access to the land of origin is not same as our forefathers leaving Hindustan to migrate for Pakistan. We as Pakistanis LOVE Bangladesh and will continue to do so and so will our next generation who was born here in Karachi. Joy Bangla !Recommend

  • Rohan

    And religion could not hold it together because ethnicity,sub culture etc are more powerfulRecommend

  • Cosmo

    Really, is thats the best u could come up with? U raped their women, u orphaned their kids, u took away their independence, u banned their language and yet u expect bengalis to feel loyal to the land of puree! Am sure u are missing any sense of irony! Recommend

  • Cosmo

    Great question. U hit the nail in the head! Recommend

  • Rajiv

    TNT was correct and is still correct. It’s basis was religion and from that perspective it’s completely true.Recommend

  • Rajiv

    and they separated from their Ummah brothers.
    dry your watering eyes dear SirRecommend

  • Rajiv

    yeah right, do pay a visit in that failed state.
    No Thanks.Recommend

  • Vap

    Keep telling that to yourself, if it helps you to get through the dayRecommend

  • vinsin

    How it failed, Bangladesh is not part of India but a separate country?Recommend

  • vinsin

    It was never a ridiculous idea, partition is reality so Pakistan. As far as I know, Indian Muslims have not moved to Pakistan till now even recently.Recommend

  • vinsin

    On the top, Pakistan has been refusing Pakistani Bihari into Pakistan since 1971 and made them stateless. Pakistani even threatened to kill all Bengali staying in Pakistan if Pakistan forced to conduct trial on genociders.Recommend

  • vinsin

    Pakistan is not the only country in the world who got separated in the name of religion, when will Indians learn? Religion do glue people and it has nothing to do with having one Arab country.Recommend

  • vinsin

    Islam is a political and territorial movement. India also allows Sharia for Indian Muslims. So the question is why India cannot become a secular country? Why Indian Muslims exempted from women rights, child rights, animal rights, religious building and clothing laws?Recommend

  • vinsin

    And non-Muslims lost 40% of property, land and resources. Indian Muslims were not supposed to stay in India.Recommend

  • vinsin

    How will you define Mapilla riots, Noarkali riots and Direct Action Day? What that also brothers killing brothers?Recommend

  • Rohan

    How do you feel when your country’s basis was destroyed in 1971? I feel for youRecommend

  • Rohan

    Religion failed to bind the Muslims together in 1971 which was jinnahs idea , whether it rejoined India or not is irrelevantRecommend

  • Sane

    There is again a two nation theory revival in India. This theory shall remain intact till Hindus racist and ethnic attitude lasts. Killing of beef eating Muslims and conquering Kashmiri Muslims by Indian security forces, mass killing of Muslims in Gujarat, burning of Muslims in Samjhota Express incident are some of the examples of two nation theory. History is repeating.Recommend

  • Sane

    Mukti Bahnis were Indian soldiers garbed in civvies.Recommend

  • Sane

    How you define a failed state. Why India is not in this list, where; minorities are killed, humans are killed for eating beef or even carrying beef, 30% of the population live, eat and sleep on road and streets (families are not barred), majority of the population is not provided with toilets, very strong caste system that even Hindus or lower caste are not allowed to enter in some of the places like Mandirs, rape is rampant specially of foreigners……

    Why India is not a failed state?????!!!!Recommend

  • Sane

    That was India divided first in the name of religion.Recommend

  • Murtaza

    Bangladeshis need to get over it. This is over 40 years ago. Why should I feel guilty about something that happened before I was born.Recommend

  • Ram

    you are bound to do the same mistakes if you do not learn from history next will be Baluchistan or Sindh who knows what, those who committed rapes and atrocities against there own citizens are still alive and still continuing the same policy in pakistan only against different people, you preach Umma when you cannot take care of your ownRecommend

  • Swaadhin

    Mate, the war is in Baochistan now and not in East Pakistan which btw is Bangladesh now and the ones you are fighting are called BLA and the ones you are pretending to fight are called Taliban.Recommend

  • Rohan

    Still irrelevant.Everything finished in 1971 plus no Indian Muslim has ever migrated to Pakistan to solve his problems
    We get ahmadis, shias and balochis everyday here who have made India their homeRecommend

  • Ravian

    Will you please stop harping on your own agenda and let us enjoy the nostalgia in this blog?Recommend

  • siesmann

    Missed beef.Recommend

  • siesmann

    Your love cost them over three million lives.Rape doesn’t count as love.Recommend

  • siesmann

    Hasan Nisar says that they can’t live in a street together,and they talk of Ummah.Recommend

  • Rajiv

    My Honourable Sir,
    Why don’t you answer the question yourself? Given that you give very highly intelligent replies to everybody it will be our pleasure to read your reply.
    Please do us the favour, oh you kind Sir.Recommend

  • siesmann

    Ever heard of ‘Nostalgia’.Dd she say she hate Pakistan?Recommend

  • Rohan
  • siesmann

    Bones of their dead still turn up in the fields and marshes.Recommend

  • harry

    Your religion could not glue Bangladesh to you. When will you learn?Recommend

  • harry

    When will you people learn? Baloch are crying to be separated, and they need some strong hands to help them get their freedom. Modi comes to mind.Recommend

  • truthfinder

    Two Nation theory is absolutely correct and it saved the sub continent from absolute destruction. Had India and Pakistan and Bangladesh won’t have been separated the entire India would have been like Kashmir or Afghanistan. Not only there would millions of riots everyday, the land would have split like Yogoslavia or Middle east. Not Syria or Peshawar — the main center of Islamic terrorism would have been Hyderabad, Kolkata (Muslim dominated before 1947) , Lakhnau. The streets of Banglore, Delhi would have been crowded with Saudi, Yemeni and Sudani fundamentalists. The biggest looser would have been Hindus of India. Not only the Muslims, but also Christian dominated North East, enclaves of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Goa — all would have joined the separatist blood thrust. Ultimately India would have been spitted into 30 fractions. Obviously the Christian western society would have enjoyed and encouraged the internal conflicts, massacre and rapes. In the name of humanitarian aid, US philanthropists would have wiped out any Indian language/scripts and literature. None would oppose them unitedly because every Indian would have stumbled for scraps from their dinner table. It was an absolute blessings that Jinnah helped us from that complete annihilation. With all hist fault — of great Calcutta Killing and Direct Action — his this vision that every Indian Hindu owed something to him for their shear existence.Recommend

  • truthfinder

    In Pakistan, Bangladesh and other Muslims countries — no minority are killed and tortured :) because there is absolutely no minority at all there. All of them got wiped out before these concepts of human rights, war crime etc came into considerations. I salute your fore fathers to solve those problems from the root. While our (Indian) ancestors could not do that. They could not wipe the minority out and force them to leave or to convert. I am saying they could not — not that they just did not. Because majority Hindus of India were disunited, weak and hypocrites. So we are left to be bombed, burnt alive, raped to show the world that we are secular and humanists.Recommend

  • vinsin

    Modi is not dump to help them. KMs also want separation.Recommend

  • vinsin

    Did Bangladesh joined India or what? People are still glued by religion but separated by language and ethnicity.Recommend

  • vinsin

    what do you mean by missed beef?Recommend

  • vinsin

    It is relevant Bangladesh didnt join India means TNT works.Recommend

  • Rohan

    No it isntRecommend

  • harry

    The glue of religion could not keep Arabs as one country. Get it in your brain.Recommend

  • harry

    A Tamil Muslim has much in common with a Tamil Hindu. But he has nothing in common with a Somali Muslim.Recommend

  • Rama

    LOL. You know too much about India..Recommend

  • Abdu Rehman

    Two nation theory is absolutely correct the only reason of 1971 is ego of two leaders of occupying the resources of country now both the leaders families are rich billionaires and we public still searching for our basic needs

  • truthfinder

    If you do not understand why really you had to leave then do some soul searching through your own ancestry. Remember in 1947 who kicked you out, killed your male relatives, raped your females are nothing but the decedents of your fellow Hindus being converted to Islam because of unbearable tortures, caste oppression, betrayal (more often with aid of Muslim invaders) perpetrated by your notorious own forefathers. In entire subcontinent nearly 99% Muslims are converted. And the reason is nothing but our own forefathers. You cannot escape from sins committed by yours forefathers. All Punjabi Muslims were nothing but Hindus who had been discriminated for centuries by their fellow dominant Hindus in the name of Caste and Creeds !!.Recommend

  • truthfinder

    As a regular drinker I would assure you Alcohol has no ability to cause addiction. I drank quiet a huge every day in college days and instantly stopped it and didn’t drink for next 8 to 9 years caused lot of frustration and annoyance to my drinking companions. In the mean time I flanked in course, went though lot of rejection from job places, received poorest of rating @ my workplace — so there were lot of reason which people usually site as cause for drinking — yet I didn’t drink a single drop. Even after a violent insistence of colleagues and manager on free official drink party I did not swallowed a drop. And this period (8-9 years) I enjoyed chatting with roommates when they were drinking (obviously slanging me for not drinking). Again after nearly 9 years I suddenly started drinking. So all those excuses are crap. There are 2 principles I always stuck to : 1. I always drink off my own pocket.(except college days when it was off my parents money) 2. I never took any moral ground on drinking. I always believe it is a good amusement that you can and should afford from your own earned money. Nothing more nothing less.Recommend

  • ad chy

    Being a Bangladeshi, I agree with you 100%.. and I am sure there are lots of people like me who will support it. Actually in the 90s, when i was a college student, Bangladesh was never like this. In fact we had good relationship with Pakistan and India both …before awami league govt took power. But our current premier- the daughter of Sheikh Mujib, she did not forgot what happened to her and her family and she blames BNP, Jamat-e-Islami and other parties for the assassination of her family. Although she is doing a lot to build & improve infrastructure of Bangladesh, she is also hanging islamic leaders at the same time… this is her way of balancing. It is also true some of these islamic leaders played a controversial role in 1971.. their neighbors accused them of killing and torturing innocent people and some of them even accused of raping !!! But after the war, they turned themselves into dervishes to cover up their evil past.

    making the long story short, i dont see a valid reason why some1 should open a file that is 40 yrs old. Definitely this has something to do with B’Deshi remind ppl of which party played the key role during the 1971 war. Sheikh Hasina also lived in exile in india for quite a long now she is sort of paying her ‘debts’ by strengthening her ties with india.

    but as a Bangladeshi, i think India and Pakistan both countries are very important to us and they should be given equal importance, not like the way she is doing it. Secondly current political situation is very unhealthy. Its like going back to “General Ershad’s’ autocracy era.

    Bangladesh developed a lot since 71. I had seen people suffered from extreme poverty during 70s, 80s, 90s. But it getting better now MashaAllah.

    My ancestral home was burned down by Pakistan Army in 1971. But i dont hold any hate against Pakistan or Pakistanis..thats a matter of past now.. Like Gandhi-ji said, an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind. so you can not hold hatred in your heart.

    I think the partition of 47 was not a good decision. But we muslims did not have any choice. Hindus were majority and they have caste system. Let me give you an example. I had few hindu ‘jigry dost’..when i was a kid. We used to play together, hang out together . When i used to go their home, elderly hindu people did not allow me to eat or drink using their plates or glasses . If you use any, they will throw it away. But my hindu friends did not have that kind of attitude. This could be one of the reason why muslims in those days felt insecure with hindu people. This cast system is definitely a big drag. It slows down development just like war game.Recommend