Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the powerful leader of East Pakistan's Awami League which has been calling for autonomy of the Bengal states, was today (Friday, March 26) accused by Pakistan's President Yayha Khan of being a traitor.
GV Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's car leaving Presidential Palace
MV Crowds and troops
SV Pan Sheikh in car waves to crowd and away (2 shots)
SCU Sheikh being interviewed
GV Sheikh Mujibur's residence
SV & CU Awami League volunteers outside residence
SV Int. L. to R. Wali Khan, Sheikh Mujibur and Mr. Quamruzzaman
CU Sheikh Mujibur
CU Wali Khan
CU Mr. Quamruzzaman ZOOM OUT TO Sheikh and Wali Khan
SV Sayed Noznel Islam and observer
SV Wali Khan talking to Sheikh
CU Sheikh ZOOM OUT TO group talking
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 4): REPORTER: "Is your aim only full autonomy for East Pakistan? Or do you sympathise with those who talk of secession and independence?"
RAHMAH: "I have not to talk about secession now. I want to be the master of my own. And I want that East Pakistan must get full autonomy, not only political but economic side also. If this...eh....if anybody tries to stop us....get our demands, naturally the people of Bengal will resist it..."
RAHMAH: "They'll resist in whatever form is possible."
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Background: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the powerful leader of East Pakistan's Awami League which has been calling for autonomy of the Bengal states, was today (Friday, March 26) accused by Pakistan's President Yayha Khan of being a traitor. The accusation came after yesterday's call for a general strike by the Sheikh, in protest against Army shootings in East Pakistan in which 35 people are reported to have died and more than 100 injured.
Sheikh Mujibur is not new to political trouble and controversy. He entered politics as a student leader, and has been prominent in the Awami League's fight for autonomy since 1966. In the past five years Sheikh Mujibur has been in jail six times for his secessionist activities, but he is still considered by many as the only man who could keep a moderate hold on the Eastern part of the country which is already in the throngs of civil war.
The film in this story is taken from three different recent coverages showing Sheikh Mujibur Rahman during the latest upsurge of troubles in Dacca.
Speaking prior to last November's electoral campaign, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman spoke on is party's aims for the future: