ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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SINGAPORE-Patriots Overnight

SINGAPORE Patriots Overnight Harish Chandola THE spectacle of so many people turning into Bangla Desh patriots overnight these clays frightens one. The new-born nation appears to be in danger of being overwhelmed by educated mercenaries who are now jumping on the bandwagon of Bangla Desh patriotism in the hope of landing good jobs in that State, now practically without civil servants, Singapore journalists were witnesses to OTIC of these spectacular overnight conversions. In the second week of December there arrived at Singapore airport, with Mian Ziauddin, the Special Envoy of the then Pakistan President, Yahya Khan, a smartly-dressed Bengali, Shams-ul Alam, the Director of the South-East Asia Division of Pakistan's Foreign Affairs Ministry. The two had been sent by President Yahya with personal letters to heads of Governments in Japan, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia to peddle Pakistan's point of view on Bangla Desh and the conflict with India.

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