• Short Summary

    More than ten years after the civil war which saw East Pakistan become Bangladesh, about a quarter of a million of the victims are still being held in detention camps, living in squalid conditions.

  • Description

    DHAKA, BANGLADESH 4 OCTOBER, 1982 (VISNEWS)

    GV Dhaka airport: Coach loaded with Pakistani families, who disembark and board aircraft
    SV Other families boarding plane (3 shots)

    SV Bangladeshi Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation, A.G. Mahmood (balding) and Pakistani Ambassador, Tanvir Ahmad Khan on tarmac (5 shots)

    GV Plane on runway

    Background: More than ten years after the civil war which saw East Pakistan become Bangladesh, about a quarter of a million of the victims are still being held in detention camps, living in squalid conditions. The camps are in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka. Sometimes known as Biharis, because many of them came from the Eastern Indian state of Bihar, they are mostly non-Bengali Moslems. They were put in camps for siding with Pakistan in the 1971 civil war, and have been hoping ever since to be sent to Pakistan. Under a 1973 agreement between India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, more than 120,000 people were moved to Pakistan over a five-year period. The official repatriation programme which Pakistani Embassy sources say was stopped through lack of funds, is due to resume very soon. On October 4, several scores of refugee families, bound for Pakistan, were seen off at Dhaka Airport by the Bangladeshi Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation, Abdul Gaffar Mahmood, and the Pakistani Ambassador, Tanvir Ahmad Khan. Paymasters for the new 1.5 million dollar repatriation scheme are Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAA7Y2KFFYWW7PERFUER96QGFCR
    Media URN:
    VLVAA7Y2KFFYWW7PERFUER96QGFCR
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/10/1982
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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