War on Freedom
The Suppression of the People of Pakistan
Extreme Measures Taken to Control Civilians
Rural and urban areas across East Pakistan saw extensive military operations and air strikes to suppress the tide of civil disobedience . The Pakistan Army has created radical religious militias – the Razarkars, Al-Badr and Alshams – to assist it during raids on the local populace.Members of the Pakistani military and supporting militias are engaging in mass murder, deportation and genocidal rape. The capital Dhaka has been the scene of numerous massacres, including the Dhaka University killings. An estimated 10 million Bengali refugees have fled to neighbouring India, while 30 million were internally displaced. Sectarian violence has broken out between Bengalis and Urdu speaking immigrants
Bangladeshi authorities claim that as many as 3 million people were killed, although the Hamoodur Rahman Commission, an official Pakistan Government investigation, put the figure as low as 26,000 civilian casualties. Independent researchers have estimated the death toll to be around 300,000 to 3,000,000 people. As a result of the conflict, a further eight to ten million people, mostly Hindus, fled the country at the time to seek refuge in neighbouring India. The United States intelligence agency, the C.I.A. and State Department estimated that 200,000 people had been killed in the genocide.