Forgotten People in Bangladesh
Since December 16, 1971 nearly 250,000 Pakistanis, commonly known as Biharis, have been stranded in Bangladesh, confined to living in 66 camps spread across 13 districts. Their only crime was being on the losing side of a political argument. When Pakistan was formed in 1947, these people migratedfrom the Muslim minority provinces of India to East Pakistan.
Friends of Humanity (FOH) Country Director in Islamabad Dr. Raja Adnan Eazzaq called on Dr. Shireen Mazari, Federal Minister for Human Rights. He presented her FOH memorandum to the Minister regarding issue of stranded Pakistanis in Bangladesh camps. Dr. Mazari said that she has sympathy with those stranded people in Bangladesh who sacrificed and suffered a lot for Pakistan in 1971. She will definitely discuss with the prime Minister and other cabinet ministers, she said.