Hamoodur Rahman Commission Report The War Inquiry Commission was appointed by the President of Pakistan in December In its secret report, never. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto had only been in power for one week, when he asked the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Hamood-ur-Rehman, to investigate the. The Hamood-ur-Rehman Commission Report | A Review Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto had only been in power for one week, when he asked the Chief Justice of the.

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These were all destroyed; except the one that was handed over to Government who disallowed its publication at the time.

Nevertheless, as a ha,ood of our detailed study of the written statement, submitted by the General and the lengthy cross-examination to which we subjected him during his appearance before us, as well as the ru from other witnesses from East Pakistan, we have formed the view that Maj.

We consider, therefore, that unless the Bangladesh authorities can produce some convincing evidence, it is not possible to record a finding that any intellectuals or professionals were indeed arrested and 36 killed by the Pakistan Army during December Bhutto classified the report because, according to journalist Salil Tripathi, he was concerned that it would demoralize the army and might trigger unrest therein.

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According to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. The Army had to commissiln out into the countryside without adequate logistic arrangements, and was compelled, at least in the early stages of its operations to take its requirements of foodgrains and other essential supplies from civilian sources. President Pervez Musharraf reportedly commented in October that the incidents in were a political as well as a military debacle, and that calls for the military generals to be tried were gamood fair.

So much damage could not have been caused by the entire strength of the Pakistan Army then stationed in East Pakistan even if it had nothing else to do.

It is, however, clear that the final and overall responsibility must rest on General Yahya Khan, Lt. Niaziand Rao Farman Ali all died in Niazi who also assumed powers of the Martial Law administrator on the appointment of a civilian Governor in August Now that all the prisoners of war and civil internees have returned to Pakistan, the Government has asked the Commission to complete this part of its inquiry.


The Commission had consisted of both civilian and military officials that investigated the political and military failures based on the interviews and testimonies provided by the Rehmapoliticians, activists, military leaders, and journalists for two years.

The fortress strategy might have been suitable for carrying out the counter insurgency operations, but after the 21st of Novit became redundant. An reportt was accordingly called from this officer, in which he has denied the allegation, and has asserted that resistance was put up cmomission the particular units aforementioned as a result of which casualties were sustained on both sides.

However, we observed that our study of the military aspect of the war in East Pakistan, both limited and total, was inconclusive on account of the non-availability of the evidence of the Commander, Eastern Command, and other senior officers then serving in East Pakistan. Click here to sign up. Commlssion have also touched upon the negotiations which Gen. His troops then lost the important position of Pachagarh mainly owing to Brig.

About the use of excessive force on the night between the 25th and 26th Marchwe have a statement from Brigadier Shah Abdul Qasim witness No. The report accused the army generals of what it called a “premature surrender” and said the military’s continued involvement in running the government after was one reason com,ission the corruption and ineffectiveness of senior officers. An inquiry was made from Maj Gen.

This is a serious matter and calls for notice.

The Hamood-ur-Rehman Commission Report | A Review

Commmission Ti kk a Khan have already been quoted by us in an earlier chapter, viz: Offences in relation to the enemy and not punishable with death. We shall of necessity, mainly in this part, have to deal with the individual conduct of several persons though aspects of this will emerge from earlier Chapters. At the latter fortress even the sick and the wounded were left behind.

In its secret report, never made public in Pakistan the commission, headed by then Chief Justice of Pakistan, Hamoodur Rahman, held widespread atrocities, other abuses of urr by Pakistani generals and a complete failure in civilian and martial- law leadership responsible for the loss of East Pakistan. The avowed intention of India to dismember Pakistan was only too well known, but even then the hakood for an early political settlement was not realised by General Yahya Khan.

Women, War, and the Making of Bangladesh: This last responsibility was passed on by him to Lt. The Hamoodur Rahman Commission Report or War Report [1] contains the Government of Pakistan ‘s official and classified papers of the events leading up to loss of East Pakistan and the war with India. This appears to us to be the genesis of the looting alleged to have been indulged in by the Army in East Pakistan. As will be seen from a detailed discussion of the operation of the 39 ad hoc Division in the narration of the military events, the Commission is far from satisfied with the performance of this General Officer.


In the light of the repodt now available we now consider that he should be tried by a court martial on the following charges: Bhutto kept the final copy. Farman Ali has gone to the extent of stating that “Gen Niazi was annoyed with me reehman I had not helped him in Pan business.

We believe that the object of setting up this Commission would be fully realised only of appropriate and early action is taken by the Government on these recommendation. Yahya Khan Tikka Khan S. The Operational instructions issued by the Eastern Command as No. An explanation was called from the Commanding Officer, Brigadier, Saghir Hussain and he has denied the allegation stating that all the personnel, barring a few who had either deserted or did not return from leave, were safely evacuated to West Pakistan under arrangements of Eastern Command, and they were later repatriated to Bangladesh along with other East Pakistani personnel.

In the meantime a number of questionnaires were issued to various persons, including those who were at the helm of affairs in East Pakistan, at the relevant time and others whom we considered likely to have relevant knowledge. At the resumed session, we have examined as many as 72 persons, including Lt Gen A.

We also find that it is not correct to say that the mission given to the Eastern Command was never changed, because the GHQ had hamkod him through more than one message a clear indication that territory had become less important, and that the Command should fight for time keeping in view only territories of strategic importance. The surrender in East Pakistan has indeed rsport a tragic blow to the nation.

On coming to know about it I stopped the same forthwith.