Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen recalled two young Bengali diplomats KM Shehabuddin and Amjadul Huq, who first announced their decision to defect from Pakistan and pledge allegiance to independent and sovereign as declared by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
KM Shehabuddin and Amjadul Huq, at that time, were serving as Second Secretary and Assistant Press Attaché at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, India.The duo was the first diplomats who severed their connection with the fascist military dictatorship in Islamabad protesting genocide by Pakistani military in the then East Pakistan.
At a press conference in New Delhi on April 6, 1971, they said, “We have severed our connection with the fascist military dictatorship in Islamabad, as our conscience no longer permits us to act against our deepest convictions. From now our allegiance is to Bangladesh, which derived its authority from the unambiguous mandate of the 75 million Bengali people.”
Momen had talk with the ailing wife of KM Shehabuddin on Wednesday and inquired about her health. He also recalled the contribution of Shehabuddin. Besides, the foreign minister recalled the contribution and commitment of late Shehabuddin’s wife Bulbul for the independence of Bangladesh.