1971 WAR

  • Bangladesh: Jamaat-e-Islami party chief Motiur Nizami sentenced to death October 29, 2014

    Dhaka: A special tribunal in Bangladesh has sentenced the head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party to death for his role in the deaths of thousands during the nation's independence war against Pakistan in 1971. The head of a three-judge panel, M Enayetur Rahim, announced the verdict on Wednesday against Motiur Rahman Nizami...
  • Bangladesh apex court commutes 1971 war criminal JeI leader's death penalty September 17, 2014

    Dhaka: Bangladesh Supreme Court on Wednesday commuted the death sentence of Delwar Hossain Sayedee, a key 1971 war criminal and fundamentalist JamaateIslami leader, saying he would now have to serve in prison "until his death". "He shall serve in prison for the rest of his natural life," Chief Justice M...
  • Heaviest crossborder firing since 1971 war, India lodges protest with Pakistan August 26, 2014

    New Delhi/Jammu: India on Tuesday lodged a protest with Pakistan over escalating border ceasefire violations in the "heaviest" crossborder firing since the 1971 IndoPak war even as the two countries agreed to hold flag meetings to defuse the situation. The protest was lodged during the telephonic talks between the DGMOs (Director...
  • INS Vikrant moved out of Mumbai Naval dockyard May 28, 2014

    Over a month after decommissioned Indian Naval Ship (INS) Vikrant was sold, it was on Wednesday moved out of the Naval dock and taken to a ship breaking yard in south Mumbai. "The ship started from the naval dock at 9.40 AM and reached the yard at around 2.30 PM," said...
  • Sam Manekshaw, a soldier's General April 3, 2014

    Born on 3 April 1914 into the Manekshaw family at Amritsar Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw, India's first Field Marshal, has 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Captain Hormusji who saw service with the Royal British Army as a "Medical Officer" in the Middle Eastern region of Messopotamia during the "First...
  • 1971 war: Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw quoted Bible, offered to quit April 3, 2014

    Today is the 100th birth anniversary of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, who died in 2008. Sam Manekshaw was known for both courage and a great sense of humour. He was very active till a few months before he died at Coonor in the Nilgiri hills of Tamil Nadu. His former ADC...
  • CJ Show: Nirmal Kaur fights for the release of her captive husband January 25, 2014

    CJ Nirmal Kaur is the wife of a war prisoner who is languishing in a Pakistani jail. Her husband was captured by Pakistani soldiers during the 1971 war and has ever since been captive. She has even gone to Pakistan to find out the whereabouts of her husband, but to...
  • Vijay Diwas: Soldiers of 1971 war against Pakistan remembered December 16, 2013

    Defence Minister AK Antony and the three service chiefs paid homage at the Amar Jawan Jyoti in the national capital on Monday to mark Vijay Diwas. This is in commemoration of India's victory over Pakistan in the 1971 war. ...
  • Ahead of 1971 war, Nixon branded his envoy to India as traitor October 18, 2013

    Washington: Reluctant to hear anything against then Pakistan president Gen Yahya Khan and his army ahead of the 1971 war, the then US President Richard Nixon branded his own envoy to India as a "traitor" and an "Indian mouthpiece", says a new book based on declassified documents. In fact, Nixon wanted...
  • Bangladesh SC gives death penalty to top Jamaat-e-Islami leader for 1971 war crimes September 17, 2013

    Bangladesh Supreme Court on Tuesday handed down death penalty to fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami stalwart Abdul Quader Mollah for 1971 war crimes, revising a special tribunal verdict which had sentenced him to life imprisonment. "He is being handed down the capital punishment," said Chief Justice M Muzammel Hossain, as the apex court reviewed...
  • B'desh calls paramilitary forces amid violence, 42 killed March 1, 2013

    Dhaka: Bangladesh on Friday deployed paramilitary border guards to beef up security after a top Islamist opposition leader was sentenced to death, sparking nationwide riots that killed at least 42 people. "Our troops were deployed in 15 troubled districts in aide of civil administration... BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) has been...
  • Bangladesh: Two killed in fresh clashes February 23, 2013

    Dhaka: Two people were killed on Saturday in continuing violence in Bangladesh as supporters of the Jamaat-e-Islami party clashed with police while thousands of anti-Islamist protestors vowed to carry on their street campaign demanding death penalty for radical leaders being tried for alleged war crimes. The violence came after four people...
  • Shahbagh protestors are trying to push religion out of Bangladeshi politics: Suhasini Haidar February 18, 2013

    Hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshis have been thronging Shahbagh, a Dhaka landmark, demanding death sentence for 1971 War criminal Abdul Quader Mollah of the JamaateIslami. Following the murder of blogger Rajib who spearheaded the agitation, the gathering has grown manifold and the sentiments have been further galvanised. CNNIBN's senior editor...
  • What the protest over the 1971 War crimes trial in Bangladesh is about February 18, 2013

    New Delhi: When Abdul Quader Mollah, assistant secretarygeneral of Bangladesh's fundamentalist JamaateIslami party, heard the country's apex court sentence him to life imprisonment on Fabruary 4 in the 1971 war criminals' trial, he must have heaved a sigh of relief. 'The Butcher of Mirpur', as he was notoriously referred to...
  • Bangladesh witnesses violence over war crimes trial February 13, 2013

    Dhaka: Several people were injured on Wednesday after violence gripped the Bangladeshi capital following fundamentalist JamaateIslami activists' violent protests at several places to protest the ongoing 1971 war trials. Angry at the sentencing of JI's assistant secretary general Abdul Quader Mollah by a special tribunal which found him guilty of war...
  • Pakistan may disintegrate again, warns AQ Khan December 17, 2012

    Islamabad: Pakistan is at present in a worse situation than it was in 1971, said disgraced nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, warning that "the day will not be far off when we disintegrate again" if social evils are not rectified soon. "The country is at present in a worse situation than...
  • IndoPak Shimla Agreement: 40 years later July 2, 2012

    New Delhi: A midnight summit between Indira Gandhi and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Bhutto pleading with Gandhi to free 93,000 Pakistani prisoners of war, a failed Kashmir deal... The Simla accord, which marks its 40th anniversary on July 3, may be a distant echo today but its spirit of resolving all...
  • No secret deal with India during 1971 war: Kissinger March 17, 2012

    New Delhi: Veteran diplomat Henry Kissinger, the architect of the US' historic opening to China, has denied that that the US struck a secret pact with India to prevent an attack on West Pakistan in 1971. Known in India for unflattering comments on former prime minister Indira Gandhi, he sought to...
  • 1971: When drunk Yahya said he would attack India January 16, 2012

    New Delhi: Around 10 days before war broke out between India and Pakistan in 1971, the then President of Pakistan Yahya Khan had given an inkling of his intentions to attack this country after taking a few drinks with an American journalist. Yahya had told the journalist on the day of...
  • IndoPak war: The forgotten heroes of 1971 December 15, 2011

    On the 40th anniversary of the IndoPak war, CNNIBN talks to the heroes of the 1971 war. ...
  • 'Dead Reckoning' tells the truth about 1971 War August 26, 2011

    Sarmila Bose's latest book, Dead Reckoning Memories of the 1971 Bangladesh War, is possibly the most nuanced and nonpartisan attempt to gauge the extent and magnitude of atrocities committed during the war. Till now, most works on the subject have been by Bangladeshi authors, who have mostly given in to...
  • Security audit of vital installations carried out June 6, 2011

    New Delhi: In wake of the Taliban attack on the Pakistan naval base in Karachi, India has carried out security audit of its vital installations, Army Chief General V K Singh said in New Delhi on Monday. "After this particular thing (Karachi attack) we have again carried out our audit and...
  • 1971 PoW languishing in Pakistan jail? April 30, 2011

    New Delhi: Leading rights activist Ansar Burney claims that an Indian prisoner of war captured during the 1971 war has been found in a Pakistani jail. Burney says the PoW is Surjit Singh who was captured in 1971 and his jail term ended in December 2010. Burney says...
  • Long search for missing PoWs; families hopeful February 14, 2011

    New Delhi: Forty years have passed since Indian soldiers fought Bangladesh's war of independence in 1971. 54 of them continue to languish in Pakistani jails. For the families of the prisoners of war its been a long ordeal. For forty years, it's been one photograph, countless memories, different hospitals and...
  • War hero dies in penury, bravery counts for nothing June 23, 2009

    Bhopal: Radhe Shyam Tiwari fought three wars for India, winning seven bravery awards, but died in poverty with his family scrounging around and appealing to friends for money to perform the last rites of the 75yearold war hero. Tiwari received seven bravery awards including the MentioninDispatch award from the President of...
  • Bangladesh seeks justice for 1971 war, Pak says move on June 8, 2009

    Dhaka: Thirtyeight years after Bangladesh broke away from Pakistan, the two countries are sparring over the "war crimes" committed in 1971, a media report here said on Monday. Dhaka has set in motion the process of trying the survivors among those who killed unarmed civilians, targeting sympathisers of the freedom struggle...
  • India's dead war hero listed alive in Pakistan July 6, 2008

    Udaipur: Flight Lieutenant Manohar Purohit, an Indian Air Force officer, was killed in the 1971 war and was declared a martyr. The dead hero maybe alive though, for a list of prisoners of war (POWs) Pakistan released in 1996 has Purohits name. Purohits wife, Suman, says her husband has been held...
  • Retd Lt Col gets life for killing exwife's lover May 3, 2008

    New Delhi: A court in Delhi has sentenced a retired army officer to life imprisonment for murdering a man his divorced wife planned to marry. Lt. Col. (retired) S J Choudhary, 72, sent a parcel bomb to Krishan Sikand in Delhi on October 2, 1982. The bomb exploded and Sikand, an...
  • ISI ruined my relationship with Rajiv: Benazir wrote February 12, 2008

    London: Pakistans InterServices Intelligence (ISI) accused Benazir Bhutto of being an Indian agent and tried to ruin her efforts to improve ties with India when she was the premier, says the last book written by the assassinated leader. Benazir BhuttoReconciliation, Islam, Democracy and the West, which was released in London on...
  • The girl who won Indian hearts in Shimla December 28, 2007

    In July 1972, Shimla, the summer capital of the British Raj and a tourist paradise after Independence, had few tourists. The reason was that the resort had top officials of India and Pakistan arriving in droves to prepare for a summit meeting between Prime minister Indira Gandhi and Pakistani premier...