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*This article is an abridged translation of one of the chapters from Col Rafi ud Din’s Urdu book “Bhutto kay akhri 323 din” (The last 323 days of Mr. Bhutto). Col. Rafi ud Din was the Special Security Superintendent of the Rawalpindi Jail*  Official Notification of Mr. Bhutto’s Execution According to the orders of the […]

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Amdadul Huq/ Drik NewsMd. Asadullah Khan Forty-one years ago, the misty winter morning of December 16, 1971, the day the nation celebrates as Victory Day, brought the glorious independence of Bangladesh. It was the day the whole nation had waited to see during nine months of genocide that the savage Pakistani occupation army launched to […]

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By Hasan Hatrash Mecca: The Abraj al-Bait Towers, the world’s second tallest building and tallest clocktower, overlooks the Masjid al-Haram, the world’s largest mosque with the Kaaba, Islam’s most sacred shrine, at its heart. MECCA, Saudi Arabia—Hajj, or pilgrimage, is the fifth pillar of Islam—a once-in-a-lifetime compulsory duty for every Muslim who is financially and […]

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By Maj Gen Sheru Thapliyal   “DURGA ASTRIDE A TIGER”. This is how Atal Behari Vajpayee described IndiraGandhi immediately after India’s lightening victory in the 1971 war, which resulted in creation of Bangladesh. Ironically and now in retrospect, correctly, he led a protest march against Shimla Agreement in 1972. In the best tradition of the IndianState, […]

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Bangladesh is a tropical country where Bangla New Year begins from the middle of April known as the Pohela Boishaki. It begins with huge storms, torrential rain and thunder perhaps to remind the deltaic dwellers of Bengal to be ready to face the unpredictable that is yet to come throughout the year. In 1971 Bangladesh, […]

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Secret emails give details Osama bin Laden was buried at sea from a US warship amid high secrecy that included his body being referred to as “the package” delivered by “Fedex”, secret military emails reveal. No sailors watched as the body of the al-Qaeda leader – killed in a raid on his hideout in Abbottabad, […]

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In the early 1970s, soon after the liberation of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia quite often met each other, usually at Bangabandhu’s residence at Dhanmondi 32. They were both young. One was the daughter of the Father of the Nation. The other was the spouse of the Liberation War hero Ziaur Rahman, then deputy […]

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Defender of Pakistan

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Delhi on a warm July morning in 1940. This was to be his destiny: to move from one point in time to another; to shuttle between one expedition and another. The fourth child of Percy and Daisy Middlecoat, he never had the chance to know his father, an Anglo-Indian railway officer, who passed away when […]

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