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    1971 - The Untold Story.

    This is a story not told in Pakistan. A secret inquiry into the splintering of Pakistan in 1971 held army atrocities, widespread corruption, cowardice, even loose morals, among its generals in East Pakistan as prime reasons in losing the war. The Hamoodur Rahman report, obtained exclusively by NEWS TODAY's Samar Halarnkar, has never seen the light of day—until now
    http://www.india-today.com/ntoday/ex...war/index.html
    http://www.india-today.com/ntoday/ne...8/11/n12.shtml

    Govt probing leakage, possible motives: Hamoodur Rahman report

    By Ashraf Mumtaz

    LAHORE, Aug 13: The government is finding out how the Hamoodur Rahman Commission report, published by an Indian magazine, reached India and who was responsible to keep it in his custody despite the change of governments, Information Minister Javed Jabbar says.

    Talking to Dawn on Sunday night, he said the government would make an appropriate statement at an appropriate time to inform the nation about the factual position. "The government is already seized of the matter."

    The minister said: "One hopes that the document contributes to a future which is better than the past."

    According to other official sources, the government is also trying to determine the possible motives behind the publication of the report at a time when the Indian government is coming under increasing international pressure to hold talks with Pakistan on the longstanding Kashmir dispute. The sources said the government would ascertain if the report was 'doctored.'

    On the other hand, Maj-Gen Rao Farman Ali Khan (retired), a former political adviser to the East Pakistan governor, says the report published by the Indian magazine seems "genuine" as it contains all what he had said before the Hamoodur Rahman Commission.

    Talking to Dawn, he said there was no reason to say that the report was fake. He said he had himself gone through the original reports because of which he was in a position to say that what the Indian magazine had published was not concoction.

    According to published reports, the commission had exonerated Lt-Gen Tikka Khan, Sahibzada Yaqoob Khan and Maj-Gen Rao Farman. However, it had called for public trial of Generals Yahya Khan and Abdul Hamid Khan, Lt-Generals A.K. Niazi and Gul Hasan, Maj-Generals Umar, Mitha, M. Rahim Khan, Mohammad Jamshed, Abid Zahid and Brig Jahanzeb Arbab.

    Rao Farman pointed out that although the commission was supposed to determine the causes of the military defeat in East Pakistan, it had also touched upon the political aspects of the matter. He said "political bungling" was the major reason behind all what happened in East Pakistan.

    Had the Indian army not intervened, East Pakistan would not have separated, Farman said. He said New Delhi had exploited the situation to an extent that Pakistan's army had stood completely alienated. In his opinion the surrender could have been averted by agreeing to a ceasefire.

    Asked how in his assessment the report could reach India, Gen Farman Ali Khan said that originally 12 copies of the report had been prepared, two of which had been taken by the late Z.A. Bhutto. However, one copy was taken back when the military raided his Larkana residence following the 1977 takeover.

    Maybe, he speculated, somebody had sold any copy of the report to make money.

    He said it was wrong to say that all copies of the report had been destroyed. A former interior secretary, MAK Chaudhry, he pointed out, had also written in his book that he had seen a copy of the report in the interior ministry.

    He proposed that the government should publish the report in full as what had been published by the Indian magazine was only a part of it.

    Former army chief Gen Mirza Aslam Beg said that the government must find out how the report reached Indian hands.

    He said copies of the report were supposed to be with only a few people like the late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and the defence ministry. He said when he was army chief, the report was not available with the GHQ and thus he had never seen it.

    Gen Beg said the publication of the report by an Indian magazine was very embarrassing for the Pakistan government and every citizen of the country.

    He said now the government should publish the full account of the report, along with other reports which so far had not seen the light of the day.

    The former general, who now heads a political party, said there was no justification for protecting the people who were guilty. In his opinion, instead of offering excuses and apologies, the government should publish all reports.

    The 1965 war assessment, the inquiry report on the 1988 air crash which had killed Gen Ziaul Haq and many others, the Ojheri Camp and the Kargil episode reports should also be made public, Gen Beg said. He said there was no point in hiding facts.

    Gen K.M. Arif (retired) said that the report had already been published by a UAE-based English language daily some 15 years ago and thus there was nothing surprising if some Indian magazine published it now.

    He said he was unable to say anything about the authenticity of what had been published.

    However, he proposed that like other countries the Pakistan government should also set a time frame after which even sensitive reports should be published.

    He said after over two decades had gone by, the government should release the bulk of the report on the 1971 tragedy.

    Gen A.K. Niazi could not be contacted despite repeated efforts as his family members in Lahore said that he had gone to Mianwali and was not available on any phone.
    http://www.dawn.com/2000/08/14/top11.htm

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    The truth has come out finally and am sure the brainwashed Pakistanis will get a clear picture of their brave jawans.

    #2
    Pakistanigharib (I will hereby call you Pi.G for abbreviation)

    This isn't news to us. 30 years ago, Pakistani army was mostly made up of fat cat secular generals who didn't understand the concept of how a muslim defends his land. We had a socialist government, and the army was caught between a rock and a hard place between the East Pakistan forces and Hindutvastan army. Isolated from our mainland they never stood a chance.

    I am glad you had to dig back 30 years for your moment of glory. Even today, there are reports coming out of Indian newspapers which pour cold water over the Indian claims that Kargil peaks were conquered by India. It seems that Dras is still in the hands of mujahideen and Indian army is scared stiff to try to re-take it. So you better keep harking back to your yesterdays Pi.G, my friend. Memories may be all you have left.

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      #3
      Pakistanigharib is an unusually long name. I think an abbreviation is a good idea. I agree that people might get the wrong idea so let's change it to Pi.Gh.

      That better?

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        #4
        >>This isn't news to us. 30 years ago, Pakistani army was mostly made up of fat cat secular generals who didn't understand the concept of how a muslim defends his land

        30 years after the next war you will say the same thing
        >>I am glad you had to dig back 30 years for your moment of glory.
        What moment of gloery.Read the introduction by the editor.
        There is a similar report sitting in India about the Indo-China war and the editor demanded that it be made public.

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          #5
          Xtreme, I know it isn't news to you guys but a very useful tool to us to counter you, I have only posted what had been written on India-today.com and dawn.com - The Pakistans ex-generals has already accepted the fact what had appeared in India-today magazine.

          Yes! you guys can still remember what had happened in Kashmir 53 years ago and in Punjab 20 years ago that's news for you all. Now your own generals and defenece analyst, the Human rights commission of Pakistan are embarassed with what you army (defence) had done to the unarmed Bengalis mass murder, rape, torture etc etc. The same was done by you in Kashmir in 1948-49 to the unarmed people.

          [This message has been edited by pakistanigharib (edited August 17, 2000).]

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            #6
            I think pi.g is better
            you r from india yet you call yourself pakistani gharib.... what do you want to prove always writing articles against Pakistan no matter how unlikely it is....... this media propaganda of you indians to prove Pakistan as a terrorist country wont work.... try a bit harder next time.

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              #7
              Poppy or puppy, it does not matter what you call me, write to the point, I can understand your frustrations. We will one day make USA declare Pakistan a terrorist or rouge state.

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                #8
                >> We will one day make USA declare Pakistan a terrorist or rouge state. <<

                Talk of obsession goshhhh, btw, then what?

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                  #9
                  Thats why a rogue state is called a rogue state. It wont listen to rational or humane logics and will say...then what. Tell your diplomats this that then nothing. They are going head over heels to prove that they are not a terrorist state.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by pakistanigharib:
                    Poppy or puppy, it does not matter what you call me, write to the point, I can understand your frustrations. We will one day make USA declare Pakistan a terrorist or rouge state.

                    HA! HA! HA!,

                    So you are making complaints not to UNO but to USA !! What a Shame! You "Super power of the next century"!

                    Well! we don't care about the super powers, We warned USA back in 1969 that we need "Friends Not Masters" (the title of autobiography of President Ayyub Khan).

                    We are what we are!

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                      #11
                      >> So you are making complaints not to UNO but to USA !! What a Shame! You "Super power of the next century"!<<

                      They (USA) are your pals and the UNO is USA, what the USA says UNO does.

                      >> Well! we don't care about the super powers, We warned USA back in 1969 that we need "Friends Not Masters" (the title of autobiography of President Ayyub Khan).<<

                      That is why in the 1971 war, 1999 Kargil fiasco you ran to USA to save you from more dismemberment and embarassment.

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                        #12
                        Pakistani G : Kargil......who ran to the USA, it was'nt Pakistan, rather it was India came to its knees before Bill doing Monica's Job. Get your facts straight, dude....

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                          #13
                          >>Pakistani G : Kargil......who ran to the USA, it was'nt Pakistan, rather it was India came to its knees before Bill doing Monica's Job. Get your facts straight, dude....

                          Gee. It was Vajpayee who ran to Washington and Beijing
                          You are right zman

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                            #14
                            Zman, thanks for the eye-opener. We were living in our own small world. You opened the doors to us and introduced us to a secret even Clinton didn't know. It was Vajpayee. Shame...shame to whichever country went running.

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                              #15
                              Dhir : Are you kidding, Clinton did know since he was the one getting the B$$$ Job from Vajpayee.

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