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Operation Searchlight was a planned military operation by the Pakistan Army to stop the Bengali nationalist movement in East Pakistan in March of 1971. It was ordered by the government in West Pakistan. This was seen as the sequel to Operation Blitz which had been launched in November 1970.
- Sarmila Bose (8 October 2005). "Military Action: Operation Searchlight". Anatomy of Violence: Analysis of Civil War in East Pakistan in 1971. Economic and Political Weekly, Special Articles. Archived from the original on 1 March 2007. https://web.archive.org/web/20070301084941/http://www.epw.org.in/showArticles.php?root=2005&leaf=10&filename=9223&filetype=html.