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1971 genocide: Bangladeshi-Americans demonstrate outside Pakistan Embassy in Washington Pakistan Genocide
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1971 genocide: Bangladeshi-Americans demonstrate outside Pakistan Embassy in Washington

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 28 Mar 2021, 06:59 pm

Washington:   Human Rights Congress for Bangladesh Minorities (HRCBM), a US-based Bangladeshi organisation, last week organized a car rally and demonstrated outside the Pakistani Embassy in Washington DC demanding an apology for the 1971 genocide named 'Operation Searchlight'.

The protestors observed 'Genocide Day' recalling the horror of one of the worst genocides in modern history committed by the Pakistani occupation army against the unarmed people of Bangladesh on the night of March 25, 1971, and afterwards. At the protest, voices underscored the Global Magnitsky Act and how the US should impose sanctions and confiscate assets of those responsible for the genocide and are freely living in the United States, reports ANI news agency.

During the demonstration, protestors raised flags, held placards and chanted slogans against Pakistan.

During the protest outside the Pakistani embassy, Priya Saha, Executive Director (HRCBM) and organiser, told ANI that in addition to the apology, the protestors also demand from Pakistan the extradition of 195 Pakistani war criminals.

"We demand that Pakistan holds a trial for raping and killing thousands of women and children in 1971," Saha added.

Operation Searchlight was the codename for a planned military operation carried out by the Pakistan Army in an effort to curb the Bengali nationalist movement in erstwhile East Pakistan in March 1971.

According to reports, the Pakistan army allegedly killed about 100,000 Bengalis in a single night

 

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