Poet Iqbal’s Son Regrets 71 Atrocities by Pak Army
Former Chief Justice of Pakistan Dr Javid Iqbal, now visiting Bangladesh has
blamed the political failure and lack of farsightedness of leadership of the
then government for the atrocities in 1971 in East Pakistan, now independent
"I am deeply sorry for the incident," he said while talking to a
group of journalists on Sept. 23rd, 2005.
Dr Javid, who arrived Dhaka to attend a three-day regional seminar on Islam
and peace, observed that the situation might be solved through tripartite discussions
among Yahiya Khan, Indira Gandhi and Sheikh Mojibur Rahman.
He said emergence of independent Bangladesh was a historic reality as the political
situation of 1971 leading to he said the "civil war". He termed Bangladesh's
nine-month armed struggle for liberation as a "struggle for freedom".
"We still consider Bangladeshi people as our brother," Javid Iqbal
The 82-year old Islamic thinker said Bangladesh could be a model state in the
world since this is a moderate Muslim country and democracy is being practised
here that was not in many other Muslim countries.
He said Bangladesh is a lone Muslim country in the world practicing democracy
and even it is far ahead of Pakistan in this regard.
It may be mentioned that Poet Allama Iqbal, a Great Muslim philosopher of the
subcontinent is being regarded as the dreamer of Pakistan as a moderate Muslim
Dr Javid emphasised the need for building strong media like BBC and Reuters
to face propaganda of the western media against Muslims.
"Though Muslims in Chechnya, Palestine and Kashmir are struggling for
their freedom the western media deceiving the world terming those as terrorism,"
Referring to the disunity among the Arab countries he said though the Arabs
have mammoth natural resources but they are divided and they have been kept
The Arab countries should maintain unity of language to shun division of opinion
that exist in certain number of issues, he said.
On Palestine issue, Javid Iqbal said there would be no reason to disturb the
Israelis after establishment of the state of Palestine.
He emphasised on the need of the Muslims' striving hard for changing their
own fate for strengthening the OIC. Muslims can be united within the structure
of the OIC.
"For survival, there is no second choice than grasping Islam," he
said adding, "We have to uphold Islamic values to survive in the world."
The Islamic scholar said USA is getting preparation to resist emergence of
Islam and China.
Replying to a question, he said, we support modernism but not westernisation
since the two are not identical.
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