Yahya shut assembly; freedom's bell rang
Pakistan was thrown into a major political crisis with the postponement of the National Assembly session the previous day. It was quickly becoming obvious that neither the Yahya Khan regime nor Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had anticipated the degree of Bangalee anger that could arise following the move by General Yahya Khan. All over Dhaka and elsewhere, especially among students and youths, demands began to arise for an outright declaration of Bangladesh's independence from Pakistan. It may be noted that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had in December 1969, at a meeting to observe the death anniversary of Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, declared that thenceforth Pakistan's eastern province would be known as Bangladesh rather than East Pakistan. Now, with the crisis over the NA session breaking out, demands for Bangladesh's freedom began to be voiced loudly.
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