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Bengali Genocide Remembrance Day
|Genocide Remembrance Day
গণহত্যা স্মরণ দিবস
|Significance||Commemoration of the Bengali Genocide|
Bengali Genocide Remembrance Day (Bengali: বাঙ্গালি গণহত্যা স্মরণ দিবস Bāṅgāli Gaṇahatyā Smaraṇ Dibas/ Bangali Gonohotta Shoron Dibosh) or Bangladesh Genocide Memorial Day is a national day observed on 25 March in Bangladesh to commemorate the victims of the Bengali genocide of 1971, approved unanimously in 2017.
The date 25 March commemorates Operation Searchlight, a planned military pacification carried out by the Pakistan Army, started on 25 March to curb the Bengali independence movement by taking control of the major cities on 26 March, and then eliminating all opposition, political or military, within one month. Before the beginning of the operation, all foreign journalists were systematically deported from East Pakistan.
On 11 March 2017, the Parliament of Bangladesh unanimously passed Resolution designating 25 March as a Genocide Remembrance Day. The day honours and remembers those who suffered and died as a consequence of killings by the Pakistani Army in 25 March 1971, which started with Operation Searchlight and ended with the 1971 Bangladesh Genocide and the Independence of Bangladesh. During this period the persecution of Bangla population by Pakistan army led by General A.K. Niazi was notable. It is believed this was on account of the contempt the dominant Punjabi Pakistanis had for of Bengalis, there was mounting evidence that among the Bengalis, the Hindu minority was doubly marked out for persecution. In a post war enquiry several senior Pakistani officers admitted to systematic targeting of the community on the orders from a brigadier which General Niazi had denied.
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