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Memories of a Lacerated Heart (1971)

A War Memoir (From East Pakistan to Bangladesh)

by Major Iftikhar-Ud-Din Ahmad (Retired)

Memories of a Lacerated Heart (1971) follows the memoir of one Pakistani Army officer who witnessed the events first-hand and suffered as a consequence of being a patriotic young company commander who passionately wanted to prevent the break-up of his country. It is a formal collection of his diary entries documenting his experiences during the civil war, the subsequent conflict with India, and as a prisoner of war. While still a war memoir, it is also the raw and heartfelt account of a man separated by duty from his loved ones, and ordered, along with his young soldiers, to fight a pointless war ruthlessly orchestrated by generals and politicians.