Posted on February 27, 2015 at 2:46 pm by foundation /
- In the darkest hours on 25 March Pakistan army launched “Operation Searchlight” to suppress the Bengali uprising. This is how General Niazi described the event of 25th March, “On the night between 25/26 March 1971, General Tikka Khan struck. Peaceful night was turned into a time of wailing, crying and burning. The military action was a display of stark cruelty more merciless than the massacres at Bukhara and Baghdad by Changez Khan and Halaku Khan or at Jalianwala Bagh by the British General Dyer”. In the early hours of 26 March 1971 Bangabandhu proclaimed an Independent Bangladesh. Soon after he was arrested from his home in Dhanmondi by the Pakistani soldiers who took him first to the Parliament building and then to the Adamjee College. Later he was taken to Karachi and transferred to the Miyanwala jail. There Bangabandhu was tried by a military court for treason and sentenced him to death. Bangabandhu was released from the prison in Pakistan on 8 January 1972. Bangabandhu returned to a hero’s welcome to an Independent Bangladesh on 10 January 1972 via London.