Dhaka [Bangladesh]July 27 (Ani): the last phone interaction between Pakistan and Bangladesh in the backdrop of India and China tensions intrigued by new Delhi in the following course of action may take Dhaka.
On 22 July, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan called his counterpart from Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina exchanged greetings and discussed the flow and COVID-19 situations in both countries, Bangla news 24 quoted the statement from the office of the Prime Minister.
During interaction, they also reportedly discussed strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries, and enhancing regional cooperation under SAARC. Khan also stated his position on issues with India and hoped for a peaceful resolution.
Although some political observers are looking forward to the next course of action Bangladesh, few believe that the improvement of bilateral relations between Islamabad and Dhaka with a high degree of probability will occur, given their past.
Bangla news 24 reported that if Bangladesh responds positively to the call of Pakistan, it will clear its stand on India-China clash.
“He (Imran Khan) calls to talk about COVID-19 and flood situation. It was nothing but common courtesy. It is fine if they (Pakistan) can improve relations with the United States,” said foreign Minister AK Abdul momen, was quoted as saying.
He said that the country has not forgotten the brutal murder in Pakistan of about 30 lakh Bangladeshis and rape of hundreds of thousands of women during the Liberation war in 1971.
“However, Pakistan has not yet apologized for the genocide committed during the Liberation war of 1971. We want to keep the friendship with everyone, but how is this possible if they could not apologize,” momen noticed.
While Islamabad may seem to be trying to smooth relations with Dhaka, the recently adopted resolution against war crimes Bangladesh, in which some major criminals were hanged for crimes against humanity in 1971.
There are also accusations against Pakistan of involvement in activities to influence the internal politics of Bangladesh and to provoke unrest.
Minister of state for delivery, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, was quoted as saying, “like Bangladesh and Pakistan are countries of SAARC. The two Prime Ministers can talk about any issues in relation to South Asia””.However, there are still some unresolved issues between us. If they want to strengthen the relationships that they have to solve in the first place. Bangladesh gained independence through a bloody war, not across the table of discussion,” he said. (Ani)