Atrocities of 1971 cannot be forgotten or forgiven: Sheikh Hasina tells Pak High Commissioner
The Bangladesh PM said that everyone can learn facts about what happened during 1948-1971
Bangladesh cannot forget and forgive the atrocities committed by Pakistan in 1971, the country's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said.
"Incidents of 1971 cannot be forgotten or forgiven," she said when Pakistan High Commissioner in Dhaka Imran Ahmed Siddiqui called on her, according to a report by The Daily Star quoting an official press release
Recalling what had happened in the run up to 1971, the Bangladeshi PM referred to the multi-volume publication by the name 'Secret Documents of Intelligence Branch on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman', saying everybody could learn historical facts of the period 1948-1971 from these books.
According to The Daily Star report, Hasina also cited the book Urdu version of the book 'Unfinished Memoirs', written by Banganadhu, pointing out that it was also well read in Pakistan in addition to other countries.
Bangladesh came into being after India handed a decisive defeat to Pakistan in the 1971 War, liberating the territory of what was till then East Pakistan.
Pakistan's envoy had called on the Bangladesh PM with a message of good wishes from Prime Minister Imran Khan, and to convey the country's desire to boost relations between the two sides. According to the report, the Pak envoy mentioned that different bilateral and regional forums had remained inactive, and sought Hasina's help to activate foreign office consultations between the two countries.
The Bangladeshi PM, who pointed out that there was no bar to continuing activities regularly, referred to Bangladesh's foreign policy - "Friendship to all, malice to none" - and said she believed in regional cooperation.