NATIONAL

Tikka Khan dead

ISLAMABAD MARCH 29 . The former Pakistan Army Chief , Tikka Khan, once known as the ``Butcher of Bangladesh'' for carrying out a vicious crackdown in Dhaka in 1971 to quell the Bangladesh liberation movement, died in Rawalpindi on Thursday after a protracted illness.

He was laid to rest with full military honours at the Army graveyard in Rawalpindi.

Gen. Khan was appointed the Chief Martial Law Administrator of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), by the then military ruler, Yahya Khan, who had ordered a crackdown on the liberation movement led by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Under his command, the military carried out a murderous assault on Dhaka University, hotbed of the Bangladesh liberation struggle, and the `Mukti Bahini' on the night of March 25, 1971 in which hundreds of youth were shot dead.

The military carried out similar attacks in other parts of East Pakistan, killing thousands of people.

Gen. Khan retired from the Pakistan Army in 1974. In 1976, he joined the Pakistan People's Party and became Special Assistant on National Security to the then Prime Minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

During her first tenure as Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto appointed him the Governor of Punjab. — PTI

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