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The day they killed our best and brightest

  • Published at 05:31 pm December 13th, 2018
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Photo: MAHMUD HOSSAIN OPU

Let us come together and build a nation that our martyred intellectuals would have been proud of

December 14, 1971 will always be remembered as one of the worst days in our nation’s history.

On this day, the Pakistan Army and its local collaborators systematically murdered an entire generation of our greatest thinkers in the most brutal way imaginable.

Over 200 intellectuals perished on this day, and the repercussions are still being felt in our nation.

A nation merely two days from victory, we needed our best minds to help us move forward and build a nation, but instead, Pakistan dealt us a crippling blow, and we will never forget what happened on that day.

Today is a day, first and foremost, to remember and honour those who were lost in this brutal operation, but it is also a day to reflect upon where we are today as a nation, and the struggles we have endured in these past 47 years.

Let us, on this Martyred Intellectuals Day, remember the importance of education, of freedom of speech, and of the contributions that intellectual thought and discourse make towards the growth of a nation.

Only through working towards establishing these principles do we honour the legacy of the martyrs of December 14.

The Pakistan Army and their local collaborators have taken from us our best and brightest, but they have not succeeded in destroying our spirit.

To do justice to the legacy of December 14, 1971, let us come together and build a nation that our martyred intellectuals would have been proud of, one which values democracy, freedom, and human rights.