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Pakistan surrendered to India in '71: Rafique
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Days after a Jama'at-e-Islami lawyer's startling statement belittling the nation's freedom struggle, a BNP policymaker takes cue from him to claim the surrender documents from the independence war talks about the war between Pakistan and India, reports bdnews24.com.

"It is written in the documents that Pakistani forces surrendered to Indian forces. There is no mention of Pakistani forces having surrendered to Bangladesh's freedom fighters," Rafiqul Islam Mia said Friday.

Rafiqul Islam was speaking at a discussion on Pilkhana Killings and Border Guard Bangladesh Act- 2010, organised by Sacheton Nagorik Samaj, at the National Press Club in the city.

On September 22, Fakhrul Islam, legal representative of the top Jama'at leaders being tried by the International Crimes Tribunal, in their defence, questioned the legality of the tribunal, which drew a lot of flak. Fakhrul Islam said that the 1971 war had taken place between Pakistan and India, not Bangladesh.

Following the comment, charges have been lodged against the lawyer around the country.

A documentary on the Feb 25 to Feb 26, 2009 BDR mutiny was screened at the discussion.

Pointing out that the then East Bengal Regiment were the first to revolt against the Pakistani occupation forces, Mia sharply criticised the government's initiative to rename the BDR. "It is not at all acceptable," he said.

"The independence war and our independence are related to the name, BDR, but the name is being erased. It seems to me conspiratorial."

He referred to his meeting with India's Gen Jagjit Singh Aurora in Dhaka in 1997 and claimed that the supreme commander of Bangladesh's freedom fighters MAG Osmani was not present during the surrender on Dec 16, 1971.

Rafiqul Islam Mia claimed that he had asked Aurora about the surrender in 1971 and who were present at the time; Aurora could not answer well but only said that he had acted as ordered by Delhi.

The BNP standing committee member quoted Aurora that he had "looked for MAG Osmani, but did not find him there during the surrender of Pakistani occupation forces."

Maj Gen (retd) Mohammad Ainuddin, Jatiya Ganatantrik Party President Shafiul Alam Pradhan and BNP MP of reserved seats for women Nilufar Yasmin Moni, among others, were present in the programme.