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    Many East Pakistanis still dream of independence, according to a film crew from the National Broadcasting Company of the United States.

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    Many East Pakistanis still dream of independence, according to a film crew from the National Broadcasting Company of the United States. The crew has reported that many of the natives demonstrated strongly in favour of the "Bangla desh" movement when the backs of Pakistani soldiers were turned.

    The crew produced film of damage claimed to have been caused by the Mukti Fouj, (East Pakistani guerrilla movement.) This included a damaged bridge. The Pakistani army also produced some of its own evidence of guerrilla activity -- a captured rebel and ammunition. The guerrilla was in possession of a grenade which, a Pakistani soldier claimed, was made in and supplied by India.

    This film is supplied with a commentary in English by the National Broadcasting Company of America which may be used if desired. A transcript of this appears on this page.

    SYNOPSIS: A foreign film crew visiting East Pakistan claims that the people have by no means settle down under the martial law which was declared in March this year. All camera crews visiting the area have official guides, and they claim the guid??? only allow them to film the peaceful scene like this one. A camera crew from the National Broadcasting Company of America however, managed to shake off its guide filmed these scenes which they contend s??? the situation in East Pakistan has not reverted to normal.

    The camera crew claimed the villagers of some areas in east Pakistan looked on foreigners as the only means of communication with the outside world. When they began filming without their guide, the villagers apparently massed to shout the old slogan "Long live Bengal", the rally call of the secessionist movement since the trouble in East Pakistan began.

    The Pakistani troops, mainly tough Punjabi soldiers, have established a cor??? in East Pakistan. the villagers offered resistance when the soldiers came and burned their market stall recently. The soldiers may have been looking for guerrillas of the Mukti Fouj movement with still try -- with varying success -- disrupt life in East Pakistan....they bl??? up this bridge. (PAUSE)
    The Mukti Fouj guerrillas also try to ki??? Pakistani occupation troops and some East Pakistanis such as these men who are members of the security forces. A nineteen-year-old boy, claimed by the Pakistani soldiers to be a member of the Mukti Fouj. One soldier also claimed that a grenade in his possession proved Indian intervention in the independence movement.

    The Pakistani soldiers are efficient, but many of the villagers accuse them of burning down villages, of murder, and of robbery in areas here the guerrillas are still active. They claim this village was deliberately set on fire by troops as an indirect reprisal for guerrilla raids in the locality. In spite of this, they clam the guerrilla operations will continue until the last Pakistani soldier has left and they are given their independence.

    When the Pakistani soldiers are not around they villagers raise the rebel flag of Bangla Desh.....the flag they claim will be the only one flying when the struggle is ended once and for all. For most Bengalis, the nation of Pakistan is ended. Their real country they say is Bangla Desh -- Free Bengal.

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