Hamoodur Rahman (Urdu:) (born November 1, 1910) was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University. Justice Hamoodur Rahman was born in Patna, India. He obtained his graduation from the St. Xavier’s College of the University of Calcutta and an LLB from London University, studied in Gray’s Inn, London, and was called to the Bar in London in 1937.
He was made the chairman of the commission for inquiring into the break-up of Pakistan and role of the Pakistan army. His report revealed many aspects of politics in Pakistan army and particularly the atrocities committed by the army during the Civil War of 1971. Because of the nature of the findings it was not declassified for decades until an Indian newspaper published the details.
The War Inquiry Commission was appointed by the President of Pakistan in December 1971. The report was never made public in Pakistan. The report explores a number of issues such as : killing of thousands of Bangladeshis — both civilians and “Bengali” soldiers—rape, pan smuggling, looting of banks in East Pakistan, drunkenness by officers, even an instance of a Brigadier “entertaining” women while his troops were being shelled by Indian troops. The report recommended a string of court-martial and trials against top officers . However, no action was taken. The army’s role in splintering Pakistan after its greatest military debacle was largely ignored by successive Pakistani governments. The report examined nearly 300 individuals and hundreds of classified army signals. The final report was submitted on October 23, 1974.
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