Life returns to normal in East Pakistan following three months of civil war. Pakistan Government?
LV Activity in Tangail village street
LV PAN UP shops with Pakistan flags flying
SVs People in street (3 shots)
LV PAN FROM Bank to street activity
SCU Unarmed soldier through street
BV Soldiers in jeep along street
CU Cobbler at work
CU Tailor at work
CU Shoe-shine man at work (2 shots)
CU Barber at work
GV People in street
Initials SGM/1332 SGM/1438
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Background: Life returns to normal in East Pakistan following three months of civil war. Pakistan Government troops appear to have been successful in their fight to put down the attempted breakaway by the Bangla Desh movement in April. The VISNEWS camera team, which was among the first foreign press and television teams allowed into East pakistan last week following the lifting of a three-month ban, found no direct evidence to support reported atrocities. It appears that events are sufficiently normal to allow the foreign press to travel freely once more. For the people of East Pakistan, like those in Tangail village, another upheaval in their lives has come to an end.
SYNOPSIS: This is Tangail village, East pakistan -- about 60 miles (96 kilometres) north of the capital, Dacca. the village is like many small communities in East Pakistan -- where life appears to be returning to normal following three months of civil war. Pakistan flags are flying over the shops instead of the colours of breakaway Bangla Desh, the movement which government troops have successfully put down for the moment.
Fighting began in March after several weeks of tension between East Pakistan and the central Government in West Pakistan. The foreign press was immediately ordered out of East Pakistan, and there followed three months of fighting, speculation, a declaration of independence in a mango grove, a mass exodus of refugees, and reports of atrocities. The events which took place will always be in some doubt, as no true record exists. The Pakistan Government, however, was widely accused of genocide -- whole sale slaughter -- which it strongly denied. Today, little of what DID happen is left to be seen, and the people of East Pakistan have gone back to work.
Even a few of the refugees that fled to India have returned to their homes -- although many found their possessions confiscated and destroyed, according to Indian press reports. But the Pakistan government is confident that events are back to normal -- a confidence great enough to allow foreign journalists and politicians to travel freely in search of the facts. The real facts, however, may be permanently lost in three months of darkness.