What happened on Wednesday, June 9, 1971
The World Bank and the United Nations delegates to Dhaka setting out from the airport, they had military protection from the Pak Army, as they made their way through Mymensingh road. A group of freedom fighters hurled a grenade just as the three vehicles approached the gate of Hotel Intercontinental. One grenade after another thrown by the freedom fighters shook the whole area. This was the first and important guerrilla operation of the freedom fighters in Dhaka.
In the U.S. Senate, Democrat Senator Frank Church and Republican Senator William Saxby proposed a bilateral amendment to cut off U.S. economic and military aid to Pakistan. The resolution said that “The refugees from East Bengal have not only become a burden to India, but also a threat to peace in the region. We believe that in order to alleviate the suffering of the refugees, the United States should send international aid there and make arrangements for the repatriation of the refugees.”
In a statement issued in Jakarta, HH Marzuki Jatim, Secretary General of the International Islamic Organization, called on the heads of government of Muslim countries to assist the citizens of Bangladesh residing in India.
UN Special Envoy and Assistant Secretary-General (Emergency Responsibilities) Ismat Kittani left Karachi for New York after a five-day visit to East Pakistan to assess the Pakistani government’s relief needs in East Pakistan. He hinted at giving Pakistan the relief aid it had previously sought from the United Nations.
The United States government provided an additional 1.5 billion dollars in aid to India for Bangladeshi refugees.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan arrived in Dhaka from Islamabad on a visit to East Pakistan.
Some anti-independence collaborators from the Awami League formed the ‘Awami Action Committee’ to oppose the war of liberation. Action Committee President Mir Wise Mohammad Farooq blamed the freedom fighters for the overall situation in the country.
Translated by Mohammad Towhidul Islam
Editorial contribution by Arghya Raihan
Researched, compiled & Edited by Sagar Lohani
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