Timeline of Bangladesh Liberation War

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The Bangladesh Liberation War started on March 26, 1971 and ended on December 16, 1971. Some of the major events of the war are listed in the timeline below.

Timeline[edit]

Interactive Timeline of the Bangladesh Liberation War

Before the war[edit]

  • March 1: General Yahya Khan calls off the session of National Council to be held on March 3 in a radio address.[1]
  • March 7: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman - leader of Awami League party that had won a landslide victory in East Pakistan in the Federal Elections in 1970, but never been granted authority - announces to a jubilant crowd at the Dhaka Race Course ground, "The struggle this time is the struggle for our emancipation! The struggle this time is the struggle for independence!".[2]
  • March 9: Workers of Chittagong port refuse to unload weapons from the ship 'Swat'.
  • March 10: Expatriate Bengali students demonstrate in front of the United Nations Headquarters and calls for UN intervention to put an end to violence on Bengali people.[3]
  • March 16: Yahya Khan starts negotiation with Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
  • March 19: Nearly 50 people die as Pakistan Army opens fire on demonstrators at Jaydevpur.[4]
  • March 24: Pakistan Army opens fire on Bengali demonstrators in Syedpur, Rangpur and Chittagong. More than a thousand people are killed.[5]

Events of the War[edit]

March[edit]

  • March 25: Pakistan Army starts Operation Searchlight in Dhaka and rest of the country, attacking general civilians, political activists, students, and Bengali members of armed forces and police
  • March 26: At 1.15 AM, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is arrested by the Pakistani 3 commando unit.[6][7][8][9] Independence of Bangladesh is declared by Father of the nation BongoBondhu Sheikh Mujibiur Rahman few minutes before he was arrested by Pakistani occupation army. At 2.30 pm Independence of Bangladesh was declared by Awami league leader of Chittagong M. A. Hannan on behalf of Bongobondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from Kalurghat. This is Bangladesh's official Independence Day.
  • March 27: Independence of Bangladesh is again declared by Maj. Ziaur Rahman on behalf of Father of the Nation Bongobondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.[10][11]
  • March 31: Kushtia resistance begins.

April[edit]

May[edit]

July[edit]

  • July 11–17: Sector Commanders Conference 1971.

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

  • October 13: Dhaka guerrillas kill Abdul Monem Khan, governor of East Pakistan.
  • October 28: Battle of Dhalai Outpost, Srimongol.
  • October 31 to November 3: Battle of Dhalai: Indian attack from Tripura into East Pakistan to stop Pakistani cross-border shelling.

November[edit]

December (The 1971 Bangladesh-Indo-Pakistan War)[edit]

Chandpur and Daudkandi liberated.
Freedom of Bangladeshi people.
  • December 22: The provisional government of Bangladesh arrives in Dhaka from exile.

See also[edit]

References[edit]