Bangladeshis in UK demand apology from Pak for 1971 genocide

ANI | Updated: Mar 23, 2018 18:46 IST

London [United Kingdom], Mar 23 (ANI): Bangladeshi nationals on Friday staged a protest outside the Pakistan High Commission in London demanding an official apology from Islamabad for committing 1971 genocide.

The demonstration was organised by Bangabandu Parishad and the protesters were seen carrying posters with the slogan, "You have blood in your hands, apologise now", written on them.

On March 26, 1971, Pakistan army began a military crackdown on the Eastern wing of the nation to suppress Bengali calls for self-determination rights.

Bangladeshis maintain that during the nine-month-long Bangladesh war for independence, the Pakistani military and supporting Islamist militias from Jamaat-e-Islami killed and raped millions of people during their independence struggle.

Last year, famous poet Ahmad Salim said Pakistan must try the perpetrators of the 1971 genocide carried out in the eastern part of the country as it existed then, understand the gravity of the war-related crimes committed then and apologise to Bangladesh officially on the issue. (ANI)