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DACCA Diary from Intercontinental Hotel, Dec 3, 1971

  • Published at 05:19 am December 3rd, 2019
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Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

In honour of the month of victory, the Dhaka Tribune is republishing the Pulitzer Prize winning daily dispatches of then Wall Street Journal (WSJ) correspondent Peter R Kann

Friday,

Entering elevator in Intercontinental Hotel when another reporter runs up to ask, “Have you heard the war is on?” It’s just 8pm. Happen to notice sign by elevator: Happy Hours 6 to 8 pm. Except Fridays. Rest of evening spent with other journalists clustered around shortwave radio.

Evidently, fighting broke out along the border between West Pakistan and India this afternoon. India says Pakistan started it; Pakistan says India. Who knows? But India has been launching attacks on East Pakistan border for past 10 days. What are you supposed to do when a war starts and the cable office is closed? Play poker. Go to sleep.

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