India seeks justice for Pak Army-backed 1971 genocide
Published: 09:34 PM, 26 January 2022
India has demanded justice for the Pakistan Army back genocide during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.
India's UN envoy TS Tirumurti made the demand at a meeting of the UN Security Council.
At the first UNSC Open Debate of 2022 themed ‘Protection of civilians in armed conflict: Wars in cities—protection of civilians in urban settings,’ India reminded the UNSC about the 1971 genocide and the dastardly terrorist attacks carried out in Mumbai in the year 2008 that killed 166 civilians of over 15 nationalities.
“We are already witnessing the effect of urban warfare and terrorist attacks in cities. According to the Secretary General’s report, more than 50 million people were affected by conflict in urban areas. The use of explosive weapons, particularly those with wide-area effects, continues to expose civilians to a high risk of indiscriminate effects. People in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and Yemen have witnessed the devastation caused by urban conflicts. There are other countries as well which are still reeling from military actions carried out in the past either without due consideration for protecting civilian population, or through deliberate targeting of civilians amounting to genocide as was done in erstwhile East Pakistan in 1971, now Bangladesh,” India’s Permanent Envoy to the UN TS Tirumurti affirmed in his remarks during the UNSC debate.
India has been seeking justice for 1971 genocide by the Pakistan Army in erstwhile East Pakistan that killed three million locals. Despite several attempts by Bangladesh the Pak Army officers have not yet been tried by the international court unlike Balkan wars.
Reaffirming India’s commitment to non-interference in the internal affairs of States, Tirumurti told UNSC that armed conflicts must be resolved via political and diplomatic efforts, in line with international law and principles of the UN Charter. But as he reflected on the aftermaths of the terror attack in Mumbai.
“Having suffered the scourge of cross border terrorism for decades, India has always been at the forefront of global counter-terrorism efforts. We have witnessed dastardly terrorist attacks on our cities targeting innocent civilians. Any debate on protection of civilians in urban areas would be incomplete without taking into account the carnage wrought by terrorist forces, especially those backed by State actors. The dastardly terrorist attacks in Mumbai in 2008 which resulted in the killing of 166 innocent civilians of 15 nationalities is still a ghastly reminder to the entire international community. In recent memory, the Mumbai terror attacks epitomize the sheer scale and scope of urban warfare that we had to mount against jihadi terrorists when our police personnel had to put their lives on the line to secure the city’s safety,” recalled Tirumurti.
“…In the face of this aggression, especially in the urban areas, it is equally incumbent on States to protect those who put their lives in the line of fire to protect civilians. In other words, we need to protect the protectors.”
The international community should therefore stand firm on its opposition to terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and reject any attempt to provide any justifications for terrorist acts, he suggested.
In the last three to four decades, Bangladesh has repeatedly appealed to the International Court of Justice for the trial of Pakistani military personnel involved in the genocide. But due to non-cooperation of Pakistan, those appeals did not see success- The Econocim Times.