Till the 15th of December 1971 there was no Bangladesh but only East and West Pakistan. Just like in the framework of the present time, the integrity, self-respect and self-identity of Bangladesh and the Bangladeshi people is primary not only to Pakistan and its people but to the entire community of nations, so was the integrity of Pakistan primary to its people at the time when India was interpositioning its interests between the internal misunderstandings of a country.
It would be the same if Pakistan would enter its armies in India to liberate the Sikhs and help them create Khalistan, how would India deem such an act, would they call it Liberation of Khalistan from its own oppressive reign? Yes, in today’s scenario, we as Pakistan respect and defend the identity of our brother nation Bangladesh, but to submit to the theory that West Pakistan was so discriminative of its brother other, that it resorted to mass genocide, mass systematic genocidal rape and that allegedly the Pak Army’s 365,000 men could kill 30,00,000, which would mean an approximate of each man killing 8 others and commit one rape is preposterous; such are not features we see in the men of the Pak Army throughout its history, in any war they have been forced into nor with its people in West Pakistan.
But the issue of Abdul Qadir Mollah’s hanging present a graver matter then being apprehended in the general. This hanging reprimands our memory of how India, in a country made in the name of Islam, backed a secular party in 1971 and trained and armed an opposition force by the name of Mukti Bahini, which numbered around 100,OOO and which were spread all around the country. And that the same Awami League is in power today and perhaps aims to whip out the existence of Islam from the whole sphere of Bangladeshi politics, and complete the design of India on its side.
It is also an amazement for us that liberal camps on both sides of former Pakistan, who constantly accuse the government of Pakistan to have presented history to the people of Pakistan wrongly, in their excitement, badly fail to even match there figure when trying to smear the Pak Army with vile allegations. One of those figures is ‘365,000’ Pak Army men playing havoc in East Pakistan!
365,000 was the total number of armed personnel the Pak Army had in West and East Pakistan combined, with the bulk of the force in the Western side. It must be known that the Western borders of the subcontinent have historically been more vulnerable of foreign attacks and therefore always been more militarized then the eastern sides. The same situation prevailed after the creation of Pakistan, for which East Pakistan rightly had its fears and reservations from its West. John H. Gill in his book ‘An Atlas of the 1971 India – Pakistan War: The Creation of Bangladesh’, has made a scientific analysis of the forces of the two sides verses those of the Indian side, he says:
“At 365,000 men, the Pakistan Army was about half the size of its Indian counterpart, but was nonetheless a formidable force with two armored divisions, thirteen infantry divisions and three independent armored brigades with approximately 850 tanks and 800 guns… Three divisions were in East Pakistan, the original garrison (14 Division) having been joined in March/April by 9 and 16 Divisions (albeit minus much of their equipment).”