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Pakistan's Information Minister Javed Jabbar
"The report is a highly classified document"
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General AAK Niazi's son Amanullah Niazi
"Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Yahya Khan broke up Pakistan"
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Wednesday, 30 August, 2000, 13:28 GMT 14:28 UK
Bangladesh requests war report
Pakistani soldiers
The report accuses Pakistani soldiers of committing atrocities
Pakistan says it will consider a request from Bangladesh for a copy of a report on events nearly 20 years leading to the creation of Bangladesh.

Pakistani Information Minister Javed Jabbar said the Hamoodur Rahman Commission report was a highly classified document and could not be released unless a decision was taken to declassify it.

The commission was set up in December 1971 to inquire into the circumstances which led to the Pakistan army losing East Pakistan, now Bangladesh.

The report, submitted in October 1974, was highly critical of the army generals in charge of the then East Pakistan, but was never made public.

Bangladesh's request came after an Indian magazine, India Today, published excerpts from the secret report earlier this month.

According to the magazine, the commission accused Pakistani generals with abuse of power, atrocities, moral turpitude and cowardice.

Firm action

"Firm and proper action would not only satisfy the nation's demand for punishment where it is deserved, but would also ensure against any future recurrence of the kind of shameful conduct displayed during the 1971 war," the magazine quoted a passage from the report.

At least 1.5 million people are believed to have been killed in the military crackdown by Pakistan against those demanding a separate Bangladesh.

The Hamoodur Rahman Commission blamed this largely on Lieutenant-General AAK Niazi, the then commander of Pakistan Army's Eastern Command.

The complete report has not been released because all the copies were withdrawn by Bhutto and he amended those

General AAK Niazi's son Amanullah
But General Niazi's son, Amanullah Niazi, has dismissed these allegations, saying the report had been "doctored" by the then Prime Minister, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.

"The complete report has not been released because all the copies were withdrawn by Bhutto and he amended those," he told the BBC.

"The harsh action which took place was done by General Farman Ali and General Tikka Khan, and when General Niazi came, a court of enquiry was ordered against those who resorted to looting and they were sent to Pakistan to be court-martialled."

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