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1969 uprising in East Pakistan

1969 uprising in East Pakistan (ঊনসত্তরের গণঅভ্যুত্থান) was a democratic political movement in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) that took place in 1969. The uprising consisted of a series of mass demonstrations and sporadic conflicts between government armed forces and the demonstrators. Although the unrest began in 1966 with the Six point movement of Awami League, it got momentum at the beginning of 1969 and culminated in the resignation of Field Marshal Ayub Khan, the first military ruler of Pakistan. The uprising also led to the withdrawal of Agartala Conspiracy Case and acquittal of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his colleagues from the case.

Timeline of events in 1969

  • 4 January: Shorbodolio Chatro Shongram Porishad (The All Party Student Action Committee) put forth its 11 point agenda.
  • 7–8 January: Formation of a political coalition named Democratic Action Committee (DAC) to restore democracy.
  • 20 January: Student activist Asaduzzaman dies as the police opens fire on demonstrators.
  • 24 January: Matiur, a teenager activist is gunned down by the police.
  • 15 February: Seargent Jahurul Haq, one of the convicts of Agartala Conspiracy Case, is assassinated in the prison of Kurmitola Cantonment.
  • 18 February: Dr. Shamsuzzoha of Rajshahi University is killed as the police opened fire on a silent procession in Rajshahi.
  • 21 February: Withdrawal of Agartala Conspiracy Case.
  • 23 February: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was accorded a grand reception, where he was given the title Banggabandhu (The friend of Bengal).[1]
  • 10–13 March: Ayub Khan calls for a round table meeting with the opposition.
  • 24 March: Ayub Khan handed over power to General Yahya Khan, the army Chief of Staff.


  1. ^ History - Banglapedia article.
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