LAHORE- One of the close aides of Z.A Bhutto and founding member of PPP, Dr. Mubashir Hassan says he could not pinpoint a single person or a group of persons who might have some role in the dismemberment of Pakistan in 1971. As a matter of fact main responsibility for the fiasco lies on West Pakistan rulers as a whole for exploiting the people of East Pakistan, he replied when asked who played which role in the Dhaka debacle. This did not happen all of a sudden, he said, adding, The problem had its roots in years of injustice done with the people of East Pakistan. Dr. Mubashir, who also served as federal minister for finance in Z.A Bhuttos cabinet after the separation of the East Pakistan, said that though the people in the eastern wing were in majority but they never got their due share in the development budget. He quoted facts and figures taken from the budgetary documents covering the period from 1955 to 1970 to substantiate his point. In 1950-51 to 1954-55, East Pakistans share in development and non-development expenditure was Rs 2,71billion as against West Pakistans Rs 11. 20 billion, despite the fact that its population was less than that of eastern wing, he said. Similarly, he went to say, Rs 5. 24 billion were allocated for East Pakistan in the financial years from 1955-56 to 1959-60, while the allocation for West Pakistan remained at Rs 16.55 billion. For the fiscal years from 1960-61 to 1964-65, East Pakistan got Rs 14.04 billion, whereas West Pakistan obtained Rs 36.55 billion. In 1965-66 to 1969-70, East Pakistans allocation for both development and non-development expenditure stood at Rs 23.13 billion and West Pakistan was given Rs 57.83 billion. If calculated, the total allocation for all these years in respect of East Pakistan comes to Rs 45.12 billion only as against that of West Pakistan which touched Rs 122.13 billion mark, the veteran politician elaborated further. In percentage, he added, West Pakistan consumed 73 per cent of the total development and non-development budget whereas East Pakistan got only 27 per cent of the total allocation. He opined that economic disparity between the two wings could be well judged from the figures quoted above. He said East Pakistan earned more foreign exchange. Their representation in army and the superior services was not equal. Asked if the break up could have been averted if Mujeeb was made countrys prime minister, Dr. Mubashir only contented to say: You cannot extinguish the flames of independence once they are lit in the chests of the enslaved. When asked to explain his point a little bit, he said the situation might have been averted for the time being, but it was bound to happen sooner or later and even with most dangerous consequences. On whether some politicians played any positive role to set the things right, he said politicians were irrelevant at that time. Dr. Mubashir held army generals and not the army (fighting soldiers) responsible for defeat in 1971 war with India. He said West Pakistan chose to suppress the rebellion militarily, and the conflict developed into a war with India. In that war, he opined, Pakistani generals failed, army fought very well. He said that many years later, a newspaper man asked Indian Field Martial, Sam Manekshaw how did the Pakistan army fight in 1971 war. And why did Pakistan lose? he was asked. He replied that Generals had failed. He was then asked if you were then leading Pakistan army what would have been the results. The general replied that Pakistan would have won. He said this was the reason that Dec 16 was a big shock for us in the West Pakistan. All through the war, we were told that Pakistan was winning against India. Then on 16th of December, we saw on television screens Pakistan surrendering. It was a great shock. The second shock was that a patient that was suffering from a terminal political illness, died, he observed. Asked when did he realise that situation had gone out of hand in the eastern wing, he said: I realised it in July 1971. Personally, I told Z.A Bhutto that Pakistan cannot be saved. East Pakistan will secede. But Bhutto replied that he was still hopeful. I dont see any resemblance between the situation in East Pakistan and current unrest in Balochistan, he said when asked how would he compare the two situations. In fact, it would be wrong to consider the struggle of tribal people of Balochistan like that of people of East Pakistan in 1971 despite the fact that the people of Balocistan and people of East Pakistan were struggling against imperial power in Islamabad supported by number one imperialists, the USA, he said. Elaborating his point, he said that East Pakistan was a party to making of Pakistan and formed major part of the country with more population. It was unhappy and a deprived province like Balochistan, but the opposition there was strongly organised, and also developed a political force based on majority in the Parliament. So they were a political power unlike Balochistan, he added.