Monday, 19 March 2018

Pakistan Not Paying Their Dues

Hira Talukdar

East-Pakistan (current Bangladesh) was severely struck by chains of natural calamity in 1970. Over 10 lacs of people lost their lives that year. Therefore, several foreign countries came-in for help. Tremendous amounts of aids & rations were sent for the people of this land. But, the ruling Pakistani government in the West-Pakistan (current Pakistan) hoarded all the goods. They used up all of those resources for their own end. Since then, Pakistan owed Bangladesh for past 46 years.
Pakistan gave a poor excuse to the international community that, since the Liberation War started right the next year, they were not able to distribute those resources. It was a total baseless statement since, Pakistan started the war by ambushing & massacring Bangalis in their homes, in the middle of the night on 25th March. Also, the floods of 1970 occurred months before this, argues former law-minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed.
He believes that, there is still chance for getting back that payment. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib was working on this during his time. Unfortunately, after his assassination, the attempts stopped in 1975. Currently, Bangladesh is in complex relationship with Pakistan. Because of the recent hanging of War Criminals of 1971. Thus, rather than legal quarrels, the countries need to come into understanding. Bangladesh government must take more initiations and needs to be firmly persistent. Former president of the Bar Council, Advocate Khondokar Mahbub Hossain concurs the same. He also suggested to take this matter to the court of United Nations as well. Also, during the 24 years of Pakistan ruling, very little amount of resources were spent for the development of East-Pakistan. This land was always deprived of the rightful needs. Despite of majority of the national yielding came from here. Hence, Pakistan owe many other things to Bangladesh as well, said Supreme Court Lawyer Manjeel Morsed.
Law Minister Anisul Haque assured that, the government is very much concerned about this issue, and they are proceeding with all the legal procedures to retrieve all the dues from Pakistan.

Translated by: Eshan Maitra

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