Pakistan Is Ready To Upgrade Bilateral Ties With Bangladesh, Says President Arif Alvi

Pakistan Is Ready To Upgrade Bilateral Ties With Bangladesh and wants to improve the relations of both countries by establishing bilateral ties.

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has said Pakistan is looking forward to to create good relations with Bangladesh.

Talking to Pakistan’s High Commis­­sioner to Bangladesh Imran Siddiqui on Thursday, Dr Alvi said: “Pakistan highly values its ties with Bangladesh and wants to further expand cooperation by using the existing bilateral mechanisms.”

President Alvi called for using all bilateral mechanisms for improving ties and directs High Commissioner to work on improving bilateral ties with greater focus.

Pakistan and Bangladesh can collaborate for commercial relations, business-to-business cooperation and people-to-people contacts for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

Dr Alvi emphasised the need for enhancing bilateral cultural and political exchanges as well as cooperation in the field of sports.

The Pakistan-Bangladesh relationship went into a bad patch after Hasina Wajed resumed the “1971 trial of war crimes” after starting her second tenure as prime minister in 2009.

Pakistan had always considered the bitter past of the 1971 dismemberment a closed chapter in view of the tripartite agreement signed in April 1974 for repatriation of war prisoners.

Sheikh Hasina Wajid’s father and founder of Bangladesh Mujibur Rehman agreed that in the interest of regional peace, no one would be put on trial for alleged crimes committed during the 1971 war.

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However, Ms Wajed was bent upon reviving the ghosts of 1971. She was further emboldened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s coming into power in India and Pakistan-Bangladesh ties went from one low to another.

Published in Dawn, March 17th, 2021

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