Baltimore Sun

September 16 1971


EAST PAKISTAN STILL NIGHTMARE OF VANISHED MEN

Previous<<< Page 1 of 2 >>>Next


DACCA, EAST PAKISTAN.—Despite President A. M. Yahya Khan's announced amnesty for East Pakistani prisoners, Dacca remains a nightmare of men who have vanished.

A typical case is that of an eminent Dacca lawyer, Abdul Ahad.

"How is Alamgir Rahman?" he asked a banker friend about a prominent Dacca businessman, managing director of a Standard Oil Company branch and intimate of the jailed Awami League leader, Sheik Mujibur Rahman.

Before long, friends were asking a similar question about Mr. Ahad. The Army said he had been arrested but had been released from custody and it had no news of his whereabouts. His wife insisted he was still alive although she has not seen him. Some friends believed he was dead.

AND WHERE IS HASSAN?

The Army here also said it has no idea of the whereabouts of Syedul Hassan, a wealthy Bengali who once was commercial counselor with the Pakistan legation in London. He quit his government career to become a backer of the pro-Maoist party of the octogenerian Muslim preacher, Maulana Hamid Khan Bashani.


Previous<<< Page 1 of 2 >>>Next


Comments, corrections, contributions to sahmed@bdesh.com

Back to 1971-09-16 page Homepage