Timeline of Bangladesh Liberation War

Timeline Of Bangladesh Liberation War

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.


Before the war

  • March 1: General Yahya Khan calls off the session of National Council to be held on March 3 in a radio address.
  • March 7: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman - leader of Awami League party that had just won a landslide victory in East Pakistan in the Federal Elections - 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!".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • March 24: Pakistan Army opens fire on Bengali demonstrators in Syedpur, Rangpur and Chittagong. More than a thousand people are killed.

Events of the War


  • March 25: Pakistan Army starts Operation Searchlight in Dhaka and rest of the country, attacking political activists, students, and Bengali members of armed forces......
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