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paindu
March 26, 2011, 11:57 AM
"ISLAMABAD: Ex-Pakistani cricket star Imran Khan has demanded an official apology from the Government of Pakistan to the people of Bangladesh for the atrocities allegedly committed by the Pakistan Army in 1971.

Imran Khan stunned everyone during a live television show hosted by Hamid Mir on Geo News and Geo Super TV channels on Wednesday afternoon just a few moments before the start of a cricket match between Pakistan and West Indies in Mirpur, Bangladesh.

Hamid Mir invited Imran Khan in his live TV show on March 23, which was Pakistan Day. He asked a question to Imran Khan about the expected behaviour of Bangladeshi crowd in Mirpur. Imran Khan said that Bangladeshis will support the Pakistani cricket team.

Hamid Mir informed Imran Khan that today (March 23) is Pakistan Day and Bangladeshis will support Pakistani cricket team “Don’t you think that the time has come that the Pakistani government must apologise to the people of Bangladesh for Army operation in 1971”? Imran Khan immediately agreed with Hamid Mir and said that previously he was also of the opinion that Army operation was a good thing because there was no independent media in Pakistan in 1971. Imran Khan said that when he went to England in 1971, his Bengali friends told him the reality of the Army operation. Imran Khan said that he experienced the love and affection of Bangladeshis during an exhibition match in Mirpur in 1989.

He said that the Army operations always created hatred in Pakistan and we must apologise to Bangladeshis. Responding another question, Imran Khan said “we must learn lessons from our past mistakes and we should not repeat these mistakes in Balochistan and tribal areas where we have started Army operations on the US pressure”. Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan is the first ever Pakistani dignitary who has demanded an apology from Pakistan to Bangladesh on a live TV show in Pakistan."

Wonder what Bangladeshis think of this.

Nafi
March 26, 2011, 12:07 PM
About time..

Night_wolf
March 26, 2011, 12:53 PM
they just say...saying doesn't cut it..do a official apology

Nafi
March 26, 2011, 01:13 PM
they just say...saying doesn't cut it..do a official apology

Of the same sentiments, an official apology would only suffice.

Purbasha T
March 26, 2011, 03:56 PM
Good on him but....*as the rest said*

AhmedN
March 26, 2011, 07:25 PM
Good to hear..but will it happen? Or it has a political agenda.

Rubu
March 26, 2011, 07:53 PM
You know what they say, better late than never.

paindu
March 26, 2011, 09:44 PM
Strangely though most Pakistanis are unwilling to accept that it ever happened. Why just apology ? Shouldn't the war criminals be brought to justice ?

Night_wolf
March 26, 2011, 09:49 PM
Strangely though most Pakistanis are unwilling to accept that it ever happened. Why just apology ? Shouldn't the war criminals be brought to justice ?

we couldn't brought our war criminals to justice..no point asking them..

Abirz
March 27, 2011, 06:33 AM
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paindu
March 27, 2011, 11:37 AM
So, do you guys think that Indians should have intervened in this matter. Indians believe that they prevented a larger genocide while Pakistanis believe we broke their country while Bangladeshis are not very affable towards India. Seems like a lose lose for India.

PoorFan
March 27, 2011, 08:59 PM
So, do you guys think that Indians should have intervened in this matter. Indians believe that they prevented a larger genocide while Pakistanis believe we broke their country while Bangladeshis are not very affable towards India. Seems like a lose lose for India.
Dont get your point here. Why India should intervene which is clearly a case of bilateral settlement, the independence war was between Bangladesh and Pakistan, India assisted the war in request of Bangladesh revolutionary govt. Bdeshis are not very affable towards India has other reasons.

paindu
March 28, 2011, 12:45 AM
Dont get your point here. Why India should intervene which is clearly a case of bilateral settlement, the independence war was between Bangladesh and Pakistan, India assisted the war in request of Bangladesh revolutionary govt. Bdeshis are not very affable towards India has other reasons.

I am not sure about the assistance part. There was a full fledged war between Ind and Pak. and Pak. army surrended to the Indian army. A google search and video of surrender agreement will provide you all the details with pictures.

As for the bolded portion, maybe Bangladesh's support for Pakistan also has "other reasons" which is what interested me.

PoorFan
March 28, 2011, 03:36 AM
I am not sure about the assistance part. There was a full fledged war between Ind and Pak. and Pak. army surrended to the Indian army. A google search and video of surrender agreement will provide you all the details with pictures.

As for the bolded portion, maybe Bangladesh's support for Pakistan also has "other reasons" which is what interested me.
There was full fledged war in Bangladesh between Bangladesh and Pak since March 71, Indian army came in November/December that year[just before the end of the war]. Pak army surrended to coalition army, General Osmani, commander of Bangladesh army [muktibahini] was supposed to present there but couldnt make it since he was commanding somewhere in northern sector, and due to lack of air transportation. And some other person represented General Osmani at the time of surrender. Google on history of Bangladesh independence if you need, one black & white video for few minutes does not says a lot.

And interestingly, those underlined part of your comment is a common claim of Jamati people, they obviously has 'other reasons' both for love and hate towards Pak and India [in many cases]. Though in sports or in social life, support towards Pak or India shouldnt be matter at all IMO.

syedmahm
April 5, 2011, 09:00 AM
There was full fledged war in Bangladesh between Bangladesh and Pak since March 71, Indian army came in November/December that year[just before the end of the war]. Pak army surrended to coalition army, General Osmani, commander of Bangladesh army [muktibahini] was supposed to present there but couldnt make it since he was commanding somewhere in northern sector, and due to lack of air transportation. And some other person represented General Osmani at the time of surrender. Google on history of Bangladesh independence if you need, one black & white video for few minutes does not says a lot.

And interestingly, those underlined part of your comment is a common claim of Jamati people, they obviously has 'other reasons' both for love and hate towards Pak and India [in many cases]. Though in sports or in social life, support towards Pak or India shouldnt be matter at all IMO.

Couldn't say it better myself.

Asif68
April 6, 2011, 10:02 PM
Pretty much everyone who was behind this is dead so what's the use of talking about it now, I know people of Pakistan right now are not happy about what their grandparents/parents did but they can't do anything about it since their current government doesn't want to apologize. Good job by Imran khan for wanting them to apologize, he would be a good leader for Pakistan instead of the idiot Zardari