surrender 1971Pakistani Army Comander in the Eastern Command, Lt. General A. A. K. Niazi, signing the Instrument of Surrender in front of General of Officer Commanding in Chief of India and Bangladesh Forces in the Eastern Theatre, Lt. General Jagjit Singh Aurora. 16th December, 1971

Instrument of Surrender

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         The PAKISTAN Eastern Command agree to surender all PAKISTAN
Armed Forces in BANGLA DESH to Lieutenant-General JAGJIT SINGH AURORA,
General Officer Commanding in Chief of the Indian and Bangladesh forces
in the Eastern Theatre. This surrender includes all PAKISTAN land, air
and naval forces as also all para-military forces and civil armed forces.
These forces will lay down their arms and surrender at the places where
they are currently located to the nearest regular troops under the
command of Lieutenant-General JAGJIT SINGH AURORA.

The PAKISTAN Eastern Command shall come under the orders of
Lieutenant-General JAGJIT SINGH AURORA as soon as the instrument has
been signed. Disobedience of orders will be regarded as a breach of
the surrender terms and will be dealt with in accordance with the
accepted laws and usages of war. The decision of Lieutenant-General
JAGJIT SINGH AURORA will be final, should any doubt arise as to the
meaning of interpretation of the surender terms.

Lieutenant JAGJIT SINGH AURORA goves a solemn assurance
that personnel who surrender shall be treated with dignity and respect
that soldiers are entitled to in accordance with provisions of the
GENEVA Convention and guarantees the safety and well-being of all
PAKISTAN military and para-military forces who surrender. Protection
will be provided to foreign nationals, ethnic minorities and personnel
of WEST PAKISTANI origin by the forces under the command of Lieutenant-

<signed >                            <signed>

Lieutenant-General                      Leiutenant-General
General Officer Commanding in Chief   Martial Law Administrator Zone B and
India and Bangladesh Forces in the    Commander Eastern Command
Eastern Theatre                      (Pakistan)
16 December 1971                  16 December 1971

16 December 1971                           16 December 1971