Message on the occasion of the anniversary of the Dhaka Fall on 16th December
The Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Mr Altaf Hussain has said that Dhaka fall occurred because the mandate of the Bengali people was not accepted. The forces occupying power and supporting the status quo allowed the country to break into two, but they refused to accept the legitimate rights of the Bengali people. He said that 16th December is the Blackest Day in the history of the country which can never be forgotten.
In his message on the occasion of the anniversary of the Dhaka Fall on 16th December, Mr Hussain said that the forces of the status quo are still trying to eliminate the mandate of the people instead of taking a lesson from the past mistakes. They are not ready to listen to any just argument in their obstinacy.
Mr Hussain said that unending injustices and suppression of legitimate rights cause tragedies. Pervading sense of deprivation, continuing injustices and considering the Bengali people as third class citizens and calling them traitors when they raised a voice for their rights were the main reasons that led to the fall of Dhaka and cessation of the East Pakistan.
Mr Hussain said that it is necessary to learn from past mistakes. Legitimate rights of the oppressed and deprived people should be given, and everyone should be given equal treatment. Granting rights is the only way that can strengthen the country and stop it from breaking.
Mr Hussain paid tributes to the martyrs of tragic incidents in East Pakistan that ultimately resulted in the Fall of Dhaka.