ABSTRACT

The Indo-Pakistan war of 1971 was the outgrowth of civil strife in the geographically divided state of Pakistan. This domestic conflict developed because of the failure of the governing class “to create a sense of political participation, partnership and economic justice amongst the Bengalis of East Pakistan.” 1 Indeed, the Pakistan Army’s crackdown of March 25, 1971, marks the climactic ending to the story of Pakistan’s failure in national integration between its two wings.