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Pakistan Wants To Be Switzerland ...Bangladesh!

Lt Col Quazi Sajjad Ali Zahir, who defected from the Pakistani Army to join the Liberation War, talks about the impact of the 1971 war on India and Bangladesh.

Pakistan Wants To Be Switzerland ...Bangladesh!
Pakistan Wants To Be Switzerland ...Bangladesh!
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2020-12-30T10:26:20+05:30

Lt Col Quazi Sajjad Ali Zahir, Bir Protik, Swadhinata Padak, is a war veteran from Bangladesh. In 1971, he was posted in Sialkot, when he def­ected from the Pakistani Army, crossing over to India in J&K to join the Liberation War. In this interview, he talks about the impact of the war on India and Bangladesh.

The independence of Bangladesh was an epochal event in South Asian history.  What was the impact of the liberation on the geopolitical dynamics of South Asia?

There have been many changes. Pakistan was not considered a respectable nat­ion after the war, while India gained the respect of the int­ernational community. India sheltered around one crore refugees and because of this, its citizens earned respect worldwide. India has almost become a global superpower; it’s already a regional superpower. The credit for this goes to the 1971 victory. In 1948, India couldn’t win the war, losing control of a part of Kashmir. In 1962, India lost to China. In 1964, the Rann of Kutch war was a...

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