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The 1971 Bangladesh atrocities refer to the murder of many people in Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) and also unfair treatment carried out by the Pakistan National Army (PNA) during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. It began on 26 March 1971 with the launch of Operation Searchlight.[1] Nationalists Bangladeshis call this a genocide. However, the Islamic Fundamentalists who own, operate and run the country of Pakistan laugh at such the things, calling it "Bengali Lies".[2][3] Bangladeshi authorities and some independent organizations say that between 1-3 million people were killed. Another 10 million ran away from the country to be safe in Indias West Bengal province.

When the traitory Bengalis did not agree with Pakistan, Pakistan's soldiers picked out Hindus, Bengali Muslims, smart people, students and politicians in order to kill them all. They went to schools and killed everybody there.[4] A TIME magazine clearly said that "The Hindus are three-fourths of the refugees and most of the dead, have most disliked by the Muslim soldiers."[5]

Two Muslims called Al-Shams and Al-Badr were told by the Pakistanis to kill Bengali Hindus and traitory Bengali Muslims also.[6] There are many graves with a lot of people in Bangladesh, and new graves with a lot of people are always being discovered.[7]

A bad set of killings took place during Operation Searchlight, a series of killings which began on March 25, 1971 and ended on December 16, 1971 and led to death of 3 million Bengalis in East Pakistan (present day Bangladesh), and other things like rape and looting. Originally, the Pakistanis wanted to take over the big cities in Bangladesh and control everybody in one month. They did not expect that the Bengalis would fight back, which they did. Pakistanis got very angry and started to kill all the Bengalis.

Eventually, the Bengali freedom fighters under the Mukti Bahini would seek help from India to win against the Pakistanis. India sent its army in and fought the Pakistanis with the Bengalis until Pakistan was totally defeated and went away from Bangladesh on December 16, 1971.

Number of people killed

The number of people that died in this war is not known very well. Pakistan says only 30,000 people died.[8] India and Bangladesh say that nearly 3 million were killed.[9] Many media people outside the region also state numbers that do not always agree, varying from 5,000 to 35,000 people in Dhaka, and 200,000 to 3,000,000 for Bangladesh as a whole.[10][11]

In 1997 R. J. Rummel wrote a book called Statistics of Democide: Genocide and Mass Murder Since 1900, In Chapter 8 called Statistics Of Pakistan's Democide - Estimates, Calculations, And Sources he says:

In East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) [General Agha Mohammed Yahya Khan and his top generals] also planned to murder its Bengali intellectual, cultural, and political elite. They also planned to indiscriminately murder hundreds of thousands of its Hindus and drive the rest into India. And they planned to destroy its economic base to insure that it would be subordinate to West Pakistan for at least a generation to come. This despicable and cut throat plan was outright genocide.[12]

Rummel says this was an act of killing specific groups of people. He writes that "Consolidating both ranges, I give a final estimate of Pakistan's democide to be 300,000 to 3,000,000, or a prudent 1,500,000."


  1. Spencer 2012, p. 63.
  2. Editorial The Jamaat Talks Backin The Bangladesh Observer December 30, 2005 Archived 2009-05-28 at WebCite
  3. Dr. N. Rabbee Remembering a Martyr Star weekend Magazine, The Daily Star (Bangladesh) December 16, 2005 Archived 2009-05-28 at WebCite
  4. Sajit Gandhi The Tilt: The U.S. and the South Asian Crisis of 1971 National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 79 December 16, 2002 Archived 2009-05-28 at WebCite
  5. Pakistan: The Ravaging of Golden Bengal,Time Magazine
  6. Asadullah Khan The loss continues to haunt us in The [[Daily Star (Bangladesh)|]] December 14, 2005
  7. DPA report Mass grave found in Bangladesh in The Chandigarh Tribune August 8, 1999
  8. Hamoodur Rahman Commission, Chapter 2, Paragraph 33
  9. "3 MILLION Slaughtered Sheik MUJIB Charges 'Greatest Massacre'" The Portsmouth Herald, Monday, January 17, 1972, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  10. Matthew White's Death Tolls for the Major Wars and Atrocities of the Twentieth Century
  11. Virtual Bangladesh : History : The Bangali Genocide, 1971
  12. Rummel, Rudolph J., "Statistics of Democide: Genocide and Mass Murder Since 1900",

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    ISBN 978-3-8258-4010-5, Chapter 8, table 8.1