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Niazi's nine proposals to eliminate Bangalees

By Asraful Huq

DHAKA, March 12, 2015 (BSS) - Military Law Administrator of Zone B and Commander Eastern Command (Pakistan) Lt General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi in a letter to Major General Rao Forman Ali Khan suggested nine specific proposals to eliminate Bangalees from the East Pakistan during the War of Liberation in 1971.

"There must be more killing, more mopping up and more witch-hunt (in East Pakistan-now Bangladesh)," this is how Niazi's anguish towards Bangalees was penned in his letter.

The then labour officer of Latif Bawani Jute Mill, Mustafizur Rahman, collected the letter of Niazi from a file of a businessman, Ehiya Ahmed Bawani, and then it was recollected by IBS Secretary of Rajshahi University SM Golam Nabi.

Noted historian Professor Dr Muntassir Mamoon in an article "Niazir Chithite Ganohattar Neelnaksha (Genocide blueprint in Niazi's letter) in his edited book "Muktijuddher Chhinna Dalilpatra" narrated it.

The proposals are:

75 percent Bengali civil officers must be eliminated, including doctors, and professors, and the balance of top staff be transferred to West Pakistan. The army, police and civil armed forces are freed from Bengalis.

All intelligence services including, provincial and central departments, should be freed from Bengalis, who have been keeping the government in darkness about the conspiracies of separatists.

There should be one language for the whole Pakistan and that should be the only medium of instruction. The provincial education departments must be streamlined.

Constitution of Pakistan be promulgated under which Bengal should be given a special status for 10 years or till all Mukti Bahini or infiltrator activities, in the opinion of the Army, has been completely eliminated.

Behari population be consolidated in four places of East Pakistan, 1. Dacca 2. Chittagong 3. Khulna 4. Saidpur-Parbatipur.

There should be non-Bengali majority in the above three towns so that in future any anti-Pak movement may not be initiated or consolidated in these nerve centers of this province.

Every Behari between the ages of 18 to 50 be given short training and be armed, excepting those against whom the Army intelligence gives adverse report.

Housing and settlement and Relief departments are manned by Non-Bengalis at least in the upper cadre.