Bangladesh pulled out of the SAARC summit because of Pakistan’s harsh criticism over Bangladesh’s internal issue, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
She mentioned Pakistan’s harsh criticism over the war crimes trials for atrocities during Bangladesh’s struggle to secede from Pakistan in 1971.
“There is a lot of pressure on me to cut off all diplomatic ties with Pakistan for their behaviour. But I have said the relations will remain, and we will have to resolve our problems. The fact is, we won our liberation war from Pakistan, and they were a defeated force,” she told The Hindu, an Indian newspaper.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave said these during an interview from her official residence ahead of her visit to India where she will attend the BRICS- BIMSTEC, reports bdnews24.com.
She will be in Goa on Oct 15 and 16 to attend the outreach involving nations surrounding the Bay of Bengal.
Dhaka’s reasons for pulling out of the SAARC summit in Islamabad were “different from India’s,” she said.
“It was over the situation in Pakistan that we decided to pull out. Terror (from Pakistan) has gone everywhere, which is why many of us felt frustrated by Pakistan.
“India pulled out because of the (Uri attack), but for Bangladesh the reason is totally different,” she said.
Bangladesh feels frustrated with Pakistan over its export of terror, Sheikh Hasina has said.
She added that India’s support during and after Bangladesh’s war is greatly appreciated.
On the issue of China and President Xi Jinping’s visit to Dhaka, she said, closer tie with China is a way of increasing regional prosperity.
She was asked about her take on India’s decision to launch strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) after the Uri terrorist attack which left 19 Indian soldiers dead.
“Both the countries should maintain the sanctity of the LoC and that can bring peace,” said the Bangladesh prime minister. –RH