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Instrument of Surrender of Pakistan Army to the Joint Command of the Indian and Bangladesh Forces.

Dacca, December 16, 1971

The Pakistan Eastern Command agree to surrender all Pakistan Armed Forces in Bangladesh 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 this 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 or interpretation of the surrender terms.

Lieutenant-General Jagjit Singh Aurora gives a solemn assurance that personnel who surrender shall be treated with dignity and respect that soldiers are entitled to in accordance with the 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 Pakistan origin by the forces under the command of Lieutenant General Jagjit Singh Aurora.

(Sd.)                                                                                                     (Sd.)
Jagjit Singh                                                                                          A.A.K. Niazi
(Jagjit Singh Aurora)                                                                           (Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi)
Lieutenant-General                                                                             Lieutenant-General
General Officer Commanding in Chief                                              Martial Law Administrator
Indian and Bangladesh Forces                                                            Zone B and Commander
In the Eastern Theatre                                                                        Eastern Command (Pakistan)
16th December, 1971                                                                          16th December, 1971