2 US lawmakers place resolution to recognise 1971 atrocities by Pakistani army as genocide

Two US lawmakers have introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives, urging the US President to recognise the atrocities committed against ethnic Bengalis and Hindus by the Pakistani armed forces in 1971 as a genocide.

Congressman Steve Chabot and Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna introduced the resolution in the US House of Representatives early today (October 15, 2022), calling on Pakistan to offer apologies to the people of Bangladesh for its role in such a genocide.

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“We must not let the years erase the memory of the millions who were massacred. Recognising the genocide strengthens the historical record, educates our fellow Americans, and lets would-be perpetrators know such crimes will not be tolerated or forgotten,” Chabot, a Republican Party member, said in a tweet.

“The Bangladesh Genocide of 1971 must not be forgotten. With help from my Hindu constituents in Ohio’s First District, Ro Khanna and I introduced legislation to recognise that the mass atrocities committed against Bengalis and Hindus, in particular, were indeed a genocide,” Chabot said.

Khanna, a Democrat and the US Representative from California’s 17th congressional district, tweeted that he along with Chabot introduced the first resolution commemorating the 1971 Bengali Genocide in which millions of ethnic Bengalis and Hindus were killed or displaced in one of the most forgotten genocides of “our” time.

“There was a genocide. Millions of people were killed (in 1971) in what is now Bangladesh, and what was then East Pakistan. About 80 per cent of those millions that were killed were Hindus, Chabot, US Representative for Ohio’s 1st congressional district,” he said.

“And it was, in my opinion, a genocide just like other genocides – like the Holocaust – happened. And there were others that have occurred, and this was one that, thus far, hasn’t really been declared by definition. And we are working on this now,” he said, reports PTI.

October 14, 2022


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