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Hina Rabbani arrives today

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar arrives in Dhaka today on a five-hour visit to invite Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Islamabad to attend the Developing-8 Summit on November 22.

Initially, her visit was supposed to be for 12 hours but her schedule was later modified. Hina will arrive at 10:15am by a special flight and leave for Islamabad at 3:30pm.

Hina Rabbani is scheduled to hold a meeting with Foreign Minister Dipu Moni at 11:00am at the ministry after which she will call on the prime minister around 12:00 noon.

Dipu Moni will host a lunch in Hina's honour at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel.

A statement by Pakistan's foreign ministry said “The foreign minister will personally deliver the invitation addressed by the President of Pakistan to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, inviting the latter to participate in the forthcoming 8th session of the D-8 Summit being hosted by Pakistan.”

“Pakistan attaches great value to its relationship with Bangladesh. Both countries are bound by historical links and have been working together to deepen the already existing bonds of friendship and fraternity, promoting trade links and people to people contacts,” said the statement.

There will be no formal briefing after the meeting between the two foreign ministers and the media is not invited to cover the meeting, foreign ministry sources said.

Official sources said Dipu Moni and Hina will discuss bilateral issues during the talks. Dipu Moni may raise the issue of seeking apology from Pakistan for the genocide and atrocities committed by Pak army during the Liberation War.

Bangladesh has long been demanding unconditional apology from Pakistan for the crimes against humanity in 1971.

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Pakistan's Foreign Minister should be given all that the protoclol requires.I am happy that our FM is bring up the issue of unconditional apology from Pakistan for perpetrating genocide & rape in BD.Pakistan still acts arrogant & denies any wrong doing in71.What shared history ? History of exploitation & then genocide & rape.I hope our PM will not visit that country.

: niloufar sarker

Why this beautiful and treacherous lady is coming to the land that once had been divested by her fathers or forefathers? Go back Hina before we show you our bullet-perforated souls.

: Naharin


  • Annonymous
    Friday, November 9, 2012 01:50 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    This is a piece of Pakistan's bad diplomacy to send a young woman Foreign Minister in Dhaka, especially when we have a mountain of old scores to settle with them. Moreover, she is now rather a person of curiosity in here because of her recent affairs with a youngster-11 years her junior.

  • A Choudhry
    Friday, November 9, 2012 02:41 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Protocol or no protocol this woman must not get any reception from any govt official, unless the Pakistani scumbag begs for amnesty for their utter inhumane tortures, killings & rapes they carried out in our dear motherland. I appeal to PM not to grant any courtesy visit. Same goes to Dipu Moni.

  • barkat
    Friday, November 9, 2012 02:43 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    What a waste of money for both Bangladesh and Pakistan for a simple invitation. Poverty in Pakistan is at its extreme. Hina Rabbani could have saved this Private Jet expense for the cause of poor Pakistanis. Equally the PM of Bangladesh wastes huge amount of money on her foreign trip from Olympic to UN summit or Laos to Vietnam.

  • zabi
    Friday, November 9, 2012 03:28 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    While I agree with Niloufer that Pakistan Govt. should honestly apologise for 1971, we should not lag behind in this age of globalisation. Countries such as Germany and France, US and Japan which were once enemies and fought against one another during World War II are now close allies. We should act in a diplomatic way along with our foreign friends to fulfil our demands. Bad mouthing or sitting at home with inflated cheeks will not do any good.

  • rch
    Friday, November 9, 2012 04:07 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    How do you seek the apology verbally or written? See Section 13 of the TRIPARTITE AGREEMENT, April 9, 1974 --- The question of 195 Pakistani prisoners of war was discussed by the three Ministers, in the context of the earnest desire of the Governments for reconciliation, peace and friendship in the sub-continent. The Foreign Minister of Bangladesh stated that the excesses and manifold crimes committed by these prisoners of war constituted according to the relevant provisions of the U.N General Assembly Resolutions and International Law, war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, and that there was universal consensus that persons charged with such crimes as the 195 Pakistani prisoners of war should be held to account and subjected to the dues process of Law. The Minister of State for Defense and Foreign Affairs of the Government of Pakistan said that his Government condemned and deeply regretted any crimes that may have been committed. ---is not the last line of this section is the apology already accepted by the then AL Govt of Bangladesh led by Bangabandhu? Looks like we want rather a verbal apology.

  • Sabir Majumder
    Friday, November 9, 2012 07:41 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    I have nothing against the people of Pakistan. However, the Pakistan government must apologize for their crimes in the then East Pakistan in 1971.

  • Basunia Humanist
    Friday, November 9, 2012 07:45 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    Let sit together two parties to solve the standing issues. We should not take any aggressive steps that harm talking-relations with anybody. Arch foe may be friend to any one as all orders are ever changing in the globe right now.

  • noor alam
    Friday, November 9, 2012 07:52 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    We need cooperation between all the stakeholders involved to make polls a more open, transparent and impartial process open to every citizen in the country. This at the moment is not the case and the ECP needs to re-examine its responsibilities with more care so that it can make the moves required to help achieve this. If it does not, we will be forced to question why we go through the process of elections.

  • Tausif
    Friday, November 9, 2012 09:08 AM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    I think our prime minister should visit Pakistan because Bangabandhu visited that country in 1974 for attending OIC summit held in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. Former president H M Ershad also visited Pakistan during late 80s for attending the SAARC summit. Both of them visited Pakistan without Pakistan being offering apology. So, demanding an unconditional apology and not going to Pakistan based on that excuse may be very undiplomatic!!!

  • Md Ismail Khakilullah
    Friday, November 9, 2012 05:20 PM GMT+06:00 (170 weeks ago)

    I think this visit relay beneficial for our country.





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