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 Indian Reactionaries Launch Armed Aggression Against Pakistan

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PLOT TO CREATE "BANGLA DESH”




Indian Reactionaries Launch Armed Aggression Against Pakistan

Source: Peking Review, No. 50, December 10, 1971
Transcribed by www.WENGEWANG.ORG
    
     With the backing of Soviet revisionist social-imperialism, the Indian reactionaries have invaded Pakistan on a massive scale. It tries in this way to impose the puppet regime of the so-called "Bangla Desh" on East Pakistan so as to realize its long-premeditated aggressive design to annex East Pakistan. The Pakistan Government and people are firmly resisting the Indian invasion.

THE Indian Government has wilfully interfered in the internal affairs of Pakistan since last March, scheming to create a so-called "Bangla Desh" in order to divide Pakistan and annex East Pakistan. On November 21, the Indian troops massed around East Pakistan made repeated attacks on some border areas of East Pakistan. The Indian Government escalated its aggression and attacked West Pakistan on December 3. Following its full-scale attacks against Pakistan, the Indian Government on December 6 flagrantly announced recognition of the "Bangla Desh" engineered by it single-handedly. This completely exposes the Indian Government's ugly features in pushing its expansionism.

India Attacks

     On the evening of November 21, India's 9th Infantry Division, 4th Mountain Division and two tank regiments crossed the border and attacked the Jessore area in the western part of East Pakistan. After this attack was checked by Pakistan armed forces, the Indian Government sent another brigade of troops to launch another attack. During the Indian troops* attacks on this area, their Soviet-made Migs strafed three Pakistan villages, killing or wounding over 200 people. The Indian troops also shelled Jessore airport with Soviet-made 130 mm heavy artillery and also used Soviet-made tanks. The Pakistan troops destroyed two Soviet-built amphibious tanks of the Indian army in a battle near Jessore.
     At dawn on November 22, India's 8th Mountain Division mounted an attack on the Sylhet area in the northeastern part of East Pakistan. Under the counterattack of the Pakistan army, the Indian troops were forced to withdraw on November 24 from the positions they had occupied.
     On November 23, the 311th Mountain Brigade of India's 57th Division with the support of tanks unleashed an attack on Akhaura of Comilla District in the eastern part of East Pakistan.
     In addition to the attacks on these three areas, India's 23rd Mountain Division invaded Chittagong from the southeast of East Pakistan beginning November 22. The Indian troops also opened new battle-fronts in Dinajpur in the northwest, and Rangpur in the north, of East Pakistan. In launching the attack on Dinajpur District, the Indian troops threw in an armoured regiment equipped with up-to-date Soviet-made tanks.
     Indian troops launched seven massive attacks on East Pakistan on December 2 from the northern, eastern and western borders.
     A handout issued in Rawalpindi by the Press Information Department of the Pakistan Government said that in West Pakistan, between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. on December 3, Indian armed forces "made simultaneous attacks on Sialkot sector, Chamb between Jassar and Lahore and in Rajasthan at Rahimyar Khan."
     An Indian official spokesman said that the Indian army, air force and navy launched an "all-out attack" on East Pakistan from the early hours of December 4. K.B. Lall, Secretary of the Indian Defence Ministry, announced the same day that Indian air force planes made large-scale attacks on East and West Pakistan. While carrying out wanton raids on East and West Pakistan and bringing havoc to the people there, the Indian air force was also ordered to cut all air communication between East and West Pakistan.
     Moreover, the Indian navy attacked East Pakistan ports, Pakistan merchant vessels and warships. Indian Defence Minister Jagjivan Ram raved on December 4 in the Indian Parliament that all ports in East Pakistan had been blockaded by the Indian navy, cutting sea supply lines between East and West Pakistan.
     After the Indian troops invaded West Pakistan on December 3, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in a broadcast speech declared "emergency" for the whole of India and put the country "on a war footing." She asked the Indian people to "be prepared for a long period of hardship and sacrifice" for the war of aggression launched by the Indian Government. On the afternoon of December 4, Indira Gandhi asked the Indian Parliament to adopt a "defence of India bill" so as to impose military rule on the Indian people.

Threats and Intimidation

     With the support and encouragement of Soviet revisionist social-imperialism, high-ranking officials of the Indian Government recently made one statement after another crudely interfering in the internal affairs of Pakistan and raising naked war clamours.
     Since the invasion of East Pakistan by Indian troops on November 21, Indian Defence Minister Jagjivan Ram has brazenly styled himself the spokesman of the "Bangla Desh" and threatened the Pakistan Government again and again that it should accept the scheme to divide Pakistan hatched by the Indian Government. According to the Times of India, J. Ram said at a mass rally in Rewari on November 25 that "Pakistan should immediately concede independence to Bangla Desh [meaning East Pakistan] as that was the only solution to the present crisis." Reuter reported on November 28 that at a mass rally in Calcutta, he raved that the "independence of East Pakistan was now probably only days away." According to the Indian Information Service, while threatening Pakistan with war in a television speech on November 30, he asserted that "war could still be avoided" only if the "rulers of Pakistan" "give independence to the people of Bangla Desh" and "respect their wishes."

Indian Government's Plot

     In fact, the so-called "Bangla Desh" is simply a plot of the Indian Government to interfere in the internal affairs of Pakistan, to divide and subvert Pakistan.
     Pakistan President Yahya Khan declared last March 26 that "matters took a very serious turn" in East Pakistan for which the "blame rests entirely on the anti-Pakistan and secessionist elements," who "want East Pakistan to break away completely from the country" and who have "attacked the solidarity and integrity of this country." This question is entirely an internal affair of Pakistan in the first place. However, the Indian Government made use of some secessionists in Pakistan to rig up in mid-April a so-called "provisional government of Bangla Desh." This "provisional government" is actually set up on Indian territory. The Indian Government staged the "independence ceremony" of the "Bangla Desh" in a remote village in East Pakistan very close to the Indian border.   A Western news agency report said, "The Indian authorities played a major part in putting on the show." Actually, members of this "Bangla Desh government" are active in Calcutta, New Delhi and other places in India. This "Bangla Desh" on Indian territory is of course opposed by the Pakistan people.
     After the Indian troops' military invasion of East Pakistan, a UPI dispatch from Calcutta on November 26 said that the Indian Government summoned several ringleaders of "Bangla Desh" to New Delhi for conspiracy on November 24. The dispatch says, "Discussions were expected to centre round India's recognition of the rebel 'Bangla Desh' and a 'treaty of friendship.'" "The rebels expected recognition to be announced (by India) within the next 10 days." As expected, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi announced in a statement to the Indian Parliament on December 6 that the Indian Government "decided to grant recognition" to the so-called "Gana Praja Tantri Bangla Desh" ["People's Republic of Bangla Desh"] "after most careful consideration." A Reuter dispatch says, "India today (December 6) recognized Bangla Desh as an independent nation as her tanks and infantry smashed their way deeper into East Pakistan."
     Some dispatches and articles of Western newspapers and magazines pointed out that the Indian Government tries to subvert Pakistan by committing military aggression and creating "Bangla Desh." The British Daily Telegraph in an article on November 29 said that India has invaded Pakistan, because "Mrs. Gandhi's government would welcome dismemberment of Pakistan and would be glad to have an independent, pro-Indian Bangla Desh on its eastern flank." "Such a new nation" would serve as "a valuable economic and political satellite." In another article on December 1 the same paper wrote: "Russian arms and incitement might tempt India into excessive risks." "There are doubtless many in India who consider this a rare opportunity to excise East Pakistan and reduce West Pakistan." In its December G issue, the U.S. Newsweek said that for the Indian Government, "most important of all, the breakup of Pakistan would assure India's undisputed supremacy on the Subcontinent."

Ridiculous Argument

     After the Indian Government started military incursions into some areas of East Pakistan on November 21, it asserted that the military actions in East Pakistan are taken by the so-called "Mukti Bahini" (the "Bangla Desh liberation army"). India's massive attack against Pakistan has completely exposed this lie. Many foreign press and news agency reports revealed at the end of last month that the so-called "Mukti Bahini" are nothing but Indian troops in disguise. The London Times in an article on November 24 said, "Indian troops disguised as Bengali guerrillas have moved into East Pakistan at brigade strength and have occupied a slice of territory northwest of the Pakistan garrison town of Jessore." The British paper Daily Telegraph in an article on November 27 also said, 'The Indian plan is for a powerful lightning thrust ensuring capture and enabling India to install the new Bangla Desh government." It added, "The scheme of the Indian high command is that once Jessore is 'liberated,' India will recognize Bangla Desh, now East Pakistan."


Futile Efforts

     With regard to the Indian Government's plot, an official spokesman of Pakistan said: India has made some dents into Pakistan territory and some of Pakistan areas are under New Delhi's control. Pakistan will take a serious view and check Indian aggression fully, if India tries to capture a chunk of territory in order to install the so-called "Bangla Desh government."
     India's armed threats and military aggression have not cowed the Pakistan Government and people. In Dacca, Sylhet, Chittagong and other East Pakistan cities the people have held demonstrations in protest against India's intervention and aggression. The demonstrators angrily shouted: "Down with Indian expansionism!"
     President Yahya Khan in a speech over the radio to all the Pakistan people on December 4 called upon them to resist the Indian aggression, defend their motherland and hold firm to national unity. He said: "India's hate and enmity for Pakistan is well known to the world. It has always been India's endeavour to weaken Pakistan and destroy it. The latest and most serious aggression by India is her biggest and last bid to achieve that aim. We have shown great patience and restraint but the time has come that we give a crushing response to the enemy."
     The Pakistan people will never allow the Indian expansionists to occupy one inch of their territory.
  
  
  

 
 
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