March 13, 1971

‘The house of cards’ about to collapse

Staff Correspondent

13 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

‘The house of cards’ about to collapse

The overall situation in East Pakistan continued to worsen and all employed civilians, on March 13, were ordered to return to their duties at the military establishments by authorities of the martial law.

The order was issued with a warning that those who fail to restart work would not only be dismissed from the service but also be tried as fugitives in court martial.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman said in a statement that this order would be proved as provocative as the people were fighting against the military rule.

By the time, he had cemented his position as the leader of the nation which was confident enough to create a new country for securing a bright future.

According to ‘Ekattorer Diary’ written by poet Sufia Kamal, the day was full of rallies and section 144 was imposed in Dhaka at 8pm.

It was quite clear to the world that Pakistan would not remain in its current form.

There was only one solution remaining and that was the transfer of power.

Former National Committee member Afaz Uddin Fakir in a ‘Letter of Authority’ urged President Yahya Khan to hand over power to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

He also opined that all the battalions of the East Pakistan Regiment should be managed by Bangalee officers and advised the President to withdraw the troops which were sent to East Pakistan over the last one month.

Many conscious people in West Pakistan asked the authorities to give in to the demands of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as they knew it was the only way to save the country’s unity.

Pakistan was looking like a house of cards which could collapse anytime.