Bangladesh frustrated with Pakistan’s export of terror

Prime Minister Hasina at GonoBhavan
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says Bangladesh is frustrated with Pakistan’s export of terror

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit to be held in Islamabad will not be attended by Bangladesh, informed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

She stated in an interview with The Hindu that Bangladesh’s reason for pulling out was different from India.

The Prime Minister said, “We are frustrated with Pakistan and its harboring of terror, and offended over Pakistan’s interference of the war crimes trials which led to the execution of war criminals for atrocities committed during Bangladesh’s war with Pakistan in 1971.”

She further added, “There is a lot of pressure to cut off all diplomatic ties with Pakistan for their behavior. However, relations will remain, and we will have to resolve our problems.”

“The fact is, we won our liberation war from Pakistan, and they are a defeated force.”

Late September India announced that they would not attend the SAARC Summit, with Uri terror attacks on an Indian army camp in Jammu and Kashmir, blamed by New Delhi on Pakistan which left 18 troops dead.

The main controversy over the Islamabad SAARC summit to be held in November this year is the growing tension between the India and Pakistan over the Kashmir border.

There has been three war fought between India and Pakistan since both gained independence from Britain seven decades ago, two these wars were over Kashmir, with both countries claiming the region in its entirety.

Sheikh Hasina further added that Bangladesh was greatly appreciative of India’s support during and after Bangladesh’s war for independence.

The Prime Minister will be attending the BRICS and Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit which is to be held in Goa from today till the 16th of October.

Where regional heads will discuss a broad range of inter-related challenges such as terrorism, transnational crimes, human, drug trafficking, food security, climate change among others.

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