1969 Mass uprising in East Pakistan

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A student procession at the University of Dhaka campus during the mass uprising of 1969.

The 1969 mass uprising in East Pakistan (Bengali: ঊনসত্তরের গণঅভ্যুত্থান, lit.'69’s Mass uprising') was a democratic political movement in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). The uprising consisted of a series of mass demonstrations and sporadic conflicts between government armed forces and the demonstrators. Although the unrest began in 1966 with the Six point movement of Awami League, it got momentum at the beginning of 1969 and culminated in the resignation of Field Marshal Ayub Khan, the first military ruler of Pakistan. The uprising also led to the withdrawal of the Agartala Conspiracy Case and acquittal of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his colleagues.[1]

Timeline of events in 1969[edit]

  • 4 January: Shorbodolio Chatro Shongram Porishad (The All Party Student Action Committee) puts forth its 11-point agenda.
  • 7–8 January: Formation of a political coalition named Democratic Action Committee (DAC) to restore democracy.
  • 20 January: Student activist Amanullah Asaduzzaman dies as the police opens fire on the demonstrators.
Asaduzzaman's death reported in The Azad newspaper on 21 Jan 1969
Deepa Sen, leading the procession by University of Dhaka students (25 January 1969)


  1. ^ a b Islam, Sirajul; Miah, Sajahan; Khanam, Mahfuza; Ahmed, Sabbir, eds. (2012). "Mass Upsurge, 1969". Banglapedia: the National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Online ed.). Dhaka, Bangladesh: Banglapedia Trust, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. ISBN 984-32-0576-6. OCLC 52727562. Retrieved 5 August 2022.
  2. ^ "Agartala case and February 22, 1969". The Daily Star. 2012-02-22. Retrieved 2021-03-15.