Baltimore Sun

September 16 1971


EAST PAKISTAN STILL NIGHTMARE OF VANISHED MEN

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Friends said he was drawn into the Army net after the military arrested a Hindu friend in Dacca. Mr. Hassan last was seen heading for an appointment in the Army cantonment here. carrying a check his jailed friend had requested.

The Army commander in chief, Gen. Hamid Khan, announced an inquiry into the disappearance.

The disappearance of two men, Fazlul Haque Chowdhury, deputy managing director of Pakistan International Airlines, and Wing Cmdr. M. A. Baaquie, regional manager in the East for a celebrated British-Dutch trading firm, inspired rumors they had been working for an arrangement for a Bangla Desh airline in the event of secession or an independent East Pakistan.

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Friends said Mr. Chowdhury last was seen entering a vehicle driven by an Army officer. The Army said it had no record of his being detained.

Bengali sources say at least 5,000 have been imprisoned in the East; the Army does not confirm the figure. The fate of many has not been divulged officially.


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