On 29 April 2014, Mr. Folker Flasse, the head of the Humanity Care Stiftung (Foundation) Germany presented his 1971 War Archives to the Associate Dean Dr Tughral Yamin in a simple ceremony.
As a young military officer Mr. Flasse was the participant of the 1971 staff course in Quetta, which terminated prematurely due to the impending war. Mr. Flasse was thereafter deployed as the Deputy Military Attaché in the German Embassy in Rawalpindi. He built an impressive archive of the events leading the war and the situation that followed based on newspaper and magazine reports and other open source material.
Mr. Flasse is a philanthropist and a well-known academic. In addition to humanitarian work he regularly delivers lectures on international affairs and political economy in the leading universities of Germany. He has been recognised for his charitable activities by the governments of Pakistan and Germany and has been awarded the Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) and the Verdienst Kreuz (Services Cross) respectively.
The documents that he handed over also include a Whitepaper issued by Government of Pakistan in August 1971 regarding the events in East Pakistan. Mr. Flasse’s Archives are now part of the CIPS library and a valuable source of research for scholars investigating the causes of the 1971 War.