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Dhaka We Really Miss You – The Fall of Dhaka

All though I was too young to remember the fall of Dhaka but understanding that a larger chunk of Pakistan vanished from the map is really a tragic topic to discuss. The blame game is still on and every one involved in that incident (directly or indirectly) is not ready to accept the responsibility of such a huge loss.

Pakistan’s new generation is clueless about the real situation related to fall of Dhaka, as there are different stories with different perspectives. In my opinion the fall of Dhaka was more severe than Hiroshima and Nagasaki as Pakistan lost its larger population which was responsible for remarkable joint efforts in the creation of Pakistan.

The contribution of our Bengali brothers and sisters in the creation of Pakistan cannot be erased from the history. This is clearly understood that they were pushed to the wall in a way that they were forced to choose an unpleasant exit. Pakistan army experienced humiliation they never expected and were trapped by Indian Army in a very bad situation.

We must forget the related incident without forgetting that the fall of Dhaka resulted in a broken Pakistan. A country was broken in a way that all future hopes of reunification were also shattered. If Bangladesh would have chosen to remain the East Pakistan like North and South Korea or East and West Germany, the reunification efforts could have been made.

Being a Pakistani from a generation not involved in the tragic incident, I want to convey my message to all Bengali brothers and sisters that we really miss you. I wish to start a campaign to spread this message of hope and friendship that may be someday Pakistan will be united again. Even if Bangladesh chooses to remain separate, they should consider changing their name back to East Pakistan. This will surely be a great tribute to all common heroes who contributed positively in the making of separate Muslim state in British India.

Once again I would like to say and want to repeat it every year with love that “Dhaka – We Really Miss You”. I request all Pakistanis to spread this message and use every platform and medium to show our Bengali brothers that we really miss them. I want our media to start a campaign this year or may be next, to motivate all Pakistanis to send cards and garlands to Bangladesh embassy in Pakistan to show their love for their ex Pakistani nationals. After all we share the same history, leaders and religion.


December 8, 2009 - Posted by | Current Affairs, General | , , ,


  1. Bangladesh was created because the Punjabi dominated Pakistani army refused to allow Sheikh Mujib to become the PM, after his decisive win in the elections.

    As simple as that……..

    The Pakistani army was the real culprit then, it is the real culprit now as Pakistan is burning.

    You Pakistanis need to make your Army give up their policy of using terrorists as tools of foreign policy.

    This policy got you Pakistanis nothing in last 60 years, not going to get anything in future, except more grief ……………….

    Comment by neel123 | December 9, 2009 | Reply

    • who so ever u r, dats ryt Army action was wrong at that time. but if there is injustice vd a person it does never mean that just for this reason he wil go to establish a separatd state.
      that kind ov cases r found in many other countries where Army take over the civil govt. but their politicianzz dont do like Mujib…
      Yes we r suffering but its not due to Army. nd thanx 2 our sweet neighbourzz, who r doing “DISTINGUISHing” favorzz.

      Dont blame PAk Army;
      thez r damn selfish politicianzz who r responsibl 4 all this.

      Comment by Aisha Choudhary. | January 2, 2010 | Reply

  2. i agree vd u….. i dont know exactly what did hapn @ dat damn time. but it waz realllly tragic. it still painz our hearts when v read about our army brothers, the Eastrn ppl there in Banglagesh, the Bengaliz behavior with them……
    its very very diffiklt even to imagn….

    yes v want Bangladesh to be reunited as East Pakistan…
    ur column is a step towards dis destination….
    i assure u i am with u in this journey…. which is, no doubt,
    time conzumin nd hard…
    but do never think to stop it…. u r not alone!

    Comment by Aisha Choudhary. | December 20, 2009 | Reply

  3. Er, I was in Bangladesh recently, and I had a chat with many Bangladeshis. I was with a few Bangladeshi friends of mine. Many a time, we got discussing India and Pakistan, and on many occasions, the people we ended up having chats with did not know that I was not a Bangladeshi. The kind of sentiment you have towards them, they surely don’t reciprocate it. Far from it. I saw deep resentment of Pakistan and India alike, and surprisingly, more for Pak than for India.

    Of course, you will be able to blame me for bias as I am from India.

    Anyway, I just wish all peace loving people from these three countries get together and defeat hate and violence.

    Comment by Siddharth | January 15, 2010 | Reply

  4. Your post is interesting; as a Bangladeshi born in the late “East Pakistan” just a few years before 1971, I believe, the two nations never belonged together. We have (almost) nothing in common between each other – except for religion. Pakistan was the second country “created” (after Isreal) based purely on religion; obviously, these experiments have not been successful. Germans or Koreans, on the other hand have a lot in common – cultural patterns, language, etc. While Bangladeshi muslims are God feariing and humble, we typically are culturally very much attuned to our needs. Friendship is one thing… I think, one day, Pakistan needs to formally apologize for the treachery of killing ~ 3 million innocent people during the war with enormous military force and for plundering our economy before such a “friendship” is possible again. The wounds are still very fresh.

    Comment by Zain Mahmood | February 6, 2010 | Reply

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