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Timeline of Bangladesh Liberation War

The Bangladesh Liberation War started on March 26, 1971 and ended on December 16, 1971. Some of the major events of the war are listed in the timeline below.


  • Timeline 1
    • Before the war 1.1
    • Events during the War 1.2
      • March 1.2.1
      • April 1.2.2
      • May 1.2.3
      • July 1.2.4
      • August 1.2.5
      • September 1.2.6
      • October 1.2.7
      • November 1.2.8
      • December (The 1971 Bangladesh-Indo-Pakistan War) 1.2.9
  • See also 2
  • References 3


Interactive Timeline of the Bangladesh Liberation War

Before the war

  • March 1: General Yahya Khan calls off the session of National Council to be held on March 3 in a radio address.[1]
  • March 7: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman - leader of Awami League party that had won a landslide victory in East Pakistan in the Federal Elections in 1970, but never been granted authority - announces to a jubilant crowd at the Dhaka Race Course ground, "The struggle this time is the struggle for our emancipation! The struggle this time is the struggle for independence!".[2]
  • March 9: Workers of Chittagong port refuse to unload weapons from the ship 'Swat'.
  • March 10: Expatriate Bengali students demonstrate in front of the United Nations Headquarters and calls for UN intervention to put an end to violence on Bengali people.[3]
  • March 16: Yahya Khan starts negotiation with Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
  • March 19: Nearly 50 people die as Pakistan Army opens fire on demonstrators at Jaydevpur.[4]
  • March 24: Pakistan Army opens fire on Bengali demonstrators in Syedpur, Rangpur and Chittagong. More than a thousand people are killed.[5]

Events during the War


  • March 25: Pakistan Army starts Operation Searchlight in Dhaka and rest of the country, attacking general civilians, political activists, students, and Bengali members of armed forces and police
  • March 26: At 1.15 AM, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is arrested by the Pakistani 3 commando unit.[6][7][8][9] Independence of Bangladesh is declared by Father of the nation BongoBondhu Sheikh Mujibiur Rahman few minutes before he was arrested by Pakistani occupation army. At 2.30 pm Independence of Bangladesh was declared by Awami league leader of Chittagong M. A. Hannan on behalf of Bongobondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from Kalurghat. This is Bangladesh's official Independence Day.
  • March 27: Independence of Bangladesh is again declared by Maj. Ziaur Rahman on behalf of Father of the Nation Bongobondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.[10][11]
  • March 31: Kushtia resistance begins.




  • July 11–17: Sector Commanders Conference 1971.


  • August 1: George Harrison and friends.
  • August 16: Operation Jackpot, Bangladesh naval commando operation.
  • August 20: Flight Lieutenant Matiur Rahman's attempt to defect by hijacking a fighter.
  • August 30: Pakistan Army crackdown on Dhaka guerrillas.[14]




December (The 1971 Bangladesh-Indo-Pakistan War)

Chandpur and Daudkandi liberated.
Freedom of Bangladeshi people.
  • December 22: The provisional government of Bangladesh arrives in Dhaka from exile.

See also


  1. ^ March 1, 1971 - Liberation War Museum
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ March 10, 1971 - Liberation War Museum
  4. ^ March 19, 1971 - Liberation War Museum
  5. ^ March 24, 1971 - Liberation War Museum
  6. ^ Brig.Zahir Alam Khan memoir "The Way it Was"
  7. ^ "History of freedom movement in Bangladesh, 1943-1973". Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Pakistan's crisis in leadership". Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Tragedy of errors". Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Bangladesh at war". Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Tragedy of errors". Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  12. ^ Locals still have nightmare about supreme sacrifices of Lt. Azim, 200 others The New Nation, Internet Edition, May 8, 2009
  13. ^ A Tale of Millions, Islam, Major Rafiqul Bir Uttam, p 211
  14. ^ Jahanara Imam, Ekatturer Dinguli
  15. ^ মুক্তিযুদ্ধে বিমান (Airplanes of liberation war), The Daily Prothom Alo, December 25, 2009
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