As the Indian continues to move Pakistani prisoners of war out of East Pakistani by every available means of transport, the self-styled Bangladesh Government has issued draft orders to the thousands of Pakistani soldiers who either deserted before the surrender, or escaped capture in the confusion that followed.
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Background: As the Indian continues to move Pakistani prisoners of war out of East Pakistani by every available means of transport, the self-styled Bangladesh Government has issued draft orders to the thousands of Pakistani soldiers who either deserted before the surrender, or escaped capture in the confusion that followed.
Every day, ex-Pakistani soldiers turn up in Dacca to enlist in the Bangladesh forces. Each recruit is required to fill out elaborate forms and is put through intensive questioning before being sent to Bangladesh forces units.
SYNOPSIS: In Dacca, a recent Government declaration ordered all ex-Pakistani soldiers who has either deserted before the surrender of escaped capture in the confusing that followed the last days of the war, to report to District Armed Services Board offices. The self-styled Bangladesh Government is now attempting to screen all of the ex-soldiers with the view to drafting them into the country's armed forces.
After filling out lengthy forms, the potential recruits are then questioned by officials. They are required to give a comprehensive history of their service with the Pakistani forces, and details of their particular part in the two-week war. After the preliminary registration is over, the man are then required to stay in compounds before being sent to transit camps.
Enrolment in the armed forces is seen by many as the ideal solution to the acute unemployment problem in East Pakistan. Since martial law was first declared in March last year, industrial activity steadily declined, and when full-scale war broke out later in December there was almost total unemployment in the country. The jute industry one of East Pakistan's main sources of income -- collapsed during the fighting and the Government is now faced with the task of finding jobs for the millions of workers.
The employment exchanges in Dacca are now overcrowded to such an extend that people queue for days before gaining an interview with social workers. To prevent riots, armed guards patrol the entrances and observers say there is a growing feeling of restlessness.