March 20, 1971

Bangabandhu said army must stay in barracks

Staff Correspondent

20 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangabandhu said army must stay in barracks

The fourth day meeting between Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Pakistan President Yahya Khan had begun amid tight security on March 20.

It was decided on the previous day to organise a separate meeting between the advisors of both parties apart from the meeting of two top men of Pakistan’s politics.

Bangabandhu along with his colleagues Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, Khondokar Moshtaque Ahmed, M Mansur Ali and Kamal Hossain had joined the meeting.

On the other hand, Yahya was accompanied by his advisors AR Cornelius, Lt General Peerzada and Colonel Hasan.

The meeting had begun with a heated debate. Bangabandhu raised the issue of


attack on civilians in Joydebpur.

In response, Yahya claimed that the attack took place due to the faults of Bangalees as they had blocked the movement of troops.

Then Bangabandhu said, in such a volatile situation, the army men must stay in their barracks.

Yahya then changed the topic. Ignoring Bangabandhu’s suggestion and tone, he said he wanted a solution to the problem.

Yahya also asked to invite Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chief Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to Dhaka.

But Bangabandhu had found no reason to negotiate with Bhutto as he was the leader of the majority party of Pakistan. And he told it to the President.

On this day, the Pakistan government instructed the civilians to surrender their licenced arms to the police stations concerned.

Apart from the talks with the President, on March 20, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had met with Momtaz Daulatana, Mufti Mahmud and some other leaders of West Pakistan as well.

While the meetings were undergoing, agitated Bangalees in East Pakistan had continued to bring out processions in the capital.

Bangabandhu rightly addressed them and said no force in the world that can stop seven and a half crore Bangalees from achieving their goal.