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Six-Points of Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rehman

Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rehman was the founder of Bangladesh. During the rule of Ayub Khan and Yahya Khan he played a major role in Pakistan politics as a prominent leader of the Awami League in East Pakistan. He presented a Six-Point formula in 1966, in collaboration with his party and demanded the Pakistan government to accept them and to implement them the way they were. The central government of Pakistan was showing detest for the formula for it would make the centre extremely weak and make the provinces almost independent. It was demanded by the Awami League that the new constitution should be based on the Six-Points. Sheikh Mujib and his party showed extreme rigidity when asked to amend a few points. Though at times he committed that he would compromise, especially before the elections of 1970, but after every commitment he backed out and stuck to his Six-Points formula. The Awami League, the most popular party of the East Pakistan, was so emotional about it that all its members swore an oath to die trying to implement the Six-Point Program. And it was due to that very formula that, when not accepted by the central government of Pakistan, the Awami League declared the independence of Bengal.


The Six-Points formula is mentioned here under.

1: There would be a federal parliamentary system based on direct adult franchise and representation of provinces would be on the basis of population in the federal legislature.

2: The federal government will be restricted only to foreign affairs, defense and currency. And even regarding foreign affairs, the dealings of economic matters would rest with the provinces.

3: There would either be two different currencies for the two wings or a single one with separate Federal Reserve systems for each wing.

4: The power of implementation and collection of taxes would lie with the provinces. The federal government will be given enough shares to fulfill its tasks of foreign affairs and defense.

5:  There would be separate accounts of foreign exchange earnings for each wing.

6: The East Pakistan would be given the authority to have a militia or paramilitary force solely under its provincial government.

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