Javed Jabbar’s 'Separation of East Pakistan': The untold story recreates authentic memories of 1971

The documentary aims to elucidate the real stories behind the severed ties between Pakistan and Bangladesh


Five decades and many lies later, we are still not completely sure of what really happened in East Pakistan and how those who had made Pakistan wanted to break away from it. The three nations involved hold on tightly to their versions and frame their image of themselves and the other through their tainted lens of that fateful year.

Recognising the need to clear the myths and present the reality, Javed Jabbar endeavours to unravel the truth of 1971 in his upcoming documentary Separation of East Pakistan - The Untold Story.

Releasing digitally on December 16, 2021, the documentary will finally replace the recalled memories with facts and objective analysis, and also reveal some untold truths. It is time to accept the realities and move on towards stronger regional relations.

The series of teasers released of the documentary highlight the four main protagonists of 1971 – Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Sheikh Mujibur Rehman, Mrs Indira Gandhi, and Yahya Khan, unmasking the role they played.

One would have thought that 50 years on all would be known, but the documentary promises to tell the untold story of 1971:

  • How Mrs Indira Gandhi laid the foundation of militancy in the region
  • How the UN speech Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto is famous for was actually detrimental to Pakistan
  • How Sheikh Mujibur Rehman never wanted a separate nation
  • The truth behind the deaths and rapes

The detailed, meticulous, and objective deconstruction of events leading up to 1971, explained and analysed in the documentary uncover the international politics played on the soil of Pakistan, with India as the mastermind behind the dismemberment of Pakistan. Names are shared of the countries few know about who were active agents of the separatism of Pakistan.

There is no doubt that the wounds of 1971 are purposefully kept fresh, and revived every few years to build a hatred for Pakistan and maintain strained relations with Bangladesh. The documentary is an important step towards accepting certain facts and acknowledging the realities of global politics to move towards better relations and strengthening their brotherly ties with Bangladesh.

The documentary will be released on December 16. More details on the documentary and the subject can be found on www.1971untoldstory.com.


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