Christian Science Monitor

June 30 1971


Fearful Whispers in East Pakistani Streets

By Henry S. Hayward

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DACCA, PAKISTAN. - "I fled with my family early in April," the man said. "I could not stand to be in Dacca any longer with all the terrible things that were going on."

Like many persons this correspondent encountered in East Pakistan, the fugitive cannot be identified by name or occupation. He fears for his life, yet is determined a foreign newsman shall hear his side of the story, to counterbalance the government version.

One senses there is an individual whispering campaign that many foreign visitors to East Pakistan are certain to encounter.

The indelible impression one retains, partly as a result of these unsolicited conversations, is that such cities as Dacca are in a mood of lingering, submerged terror.

One yardstick of the terror in Dacca is a school for girls. Formerly it had 1,200 pupils enrolled. Now between 30 and 50 attend.

"We left at night," the man continued, "my wife and two children. They are university students, and I was afraid they would be shot Also we are Bengalis, and Bengalis were being shot.


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