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D-8 Summit

PM cancels Pak tour

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has cancelled her planned visit to Pakistan to attend the 8th D-8 Summit scheduled for November 22, a highly placed source said yesterday.

However, there was no official announcement to this effect.

The decision came three days after Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar had come on a short to Dhaka on Friday and formally invited Hasina to attend the summit.

According to sources, the prime minister had decided to call off the visit after a meeting with some high-ups, including Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) yesterday afternoon.

The reason for her not attending the summit could not be known immediately.

A high official at the PMO conveyed the premier's decision to the foreign ministry. The foreign ministry is expected to formally convey the decision to host Pakistan today.

Dipu Moni may represent Dhaka in the summit, the official, on condition of anonymity, told The Daily Star.

Concerned officials at the foreign ministry and Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka expressed their ignorance about the cancellation decision as Hasina had accepted the invitation of Pakistan president during Khar's visit in Dhaka.

On Friday, Abul Kalam Azad, press secretary to the premier, confirmed that Hasina would pay a three-day official visit to Pakistan from November 21.

Talking to The Daily Star yesterday, another highly placed source said the premier had called off the visit to Islamabad due to her eye-ailment.

But party sources said the top leaders and policymakers of Awami League advised Hasina not to go to Islamabad on security grounds as the absconding convicted killers of Bangabandhu might be there.

Besides, different militant and terrorist groups were highly annoyed with Hasina due to her government's anti-terrorist and anti-militant initiatives, said the party sources.

The bigwigs also told their party chief that it would be unwise to visit Pakistan unless Islamabad offered formal and unconditional apology to Dhaka for the genocide the Pakistan occupation forces had committed in Bangladesh during the Liberation War in 1971.

Hina Rabbani Khar while meeting Dipu Moni on Friday reiterated that Pakistan had regretted its actions of 1971 on different occasions since 1974. She called for the two countries to move ahead together by turning back to the past.

The D-8 (Developing 8) consists of Turkey, Pakistan, Egypt, Iran, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Indonesia and Malaysia. The second summit of the group was held in Bangladesh in March, 1999.

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Despite all the facts that I never liked Awami League and its negative way of doing politics ever since our independence, its present leadership, the way AL played their role having more than two third majority, two huge stock market debacles in its two terms, Rab's Limon handling, boarder killings, the brutal journalist murder in broad day light, the world bank fiasco, the BDR carnage, Bank and MLM fraud, the way it handled the home ministry and finance ministry, I would still like to congratulate Sheikh Hasina and her party members that they decided the PM should not go to Pakistan. Thank you PM for not going to Pakistan.

: Sheikh Monirul Islam, Opee

At the beginning she should not accept the invitation.The crusaders and the anti- Bangladeshi forces are very very active both inside and outside of the country and are very strong in funds and diplomacy.The Mujib family will remain in danger like Nehru & Bhutto family.

: Shafique ullah


  • barkat
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 01:52 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    If Germany could be forgiven for its two world wars by rest of Europe, Japan for its invasion of many South East countries, US for its atomic bombing of Japan and most of the European nation for its colonial past world over and its support for Apartheid South Africa. Did ever the British give any apology for its 150 years of invasion and loot of sub continent. It is for sure that AL did it for the sake of political gain rather than patriotic reason. Recently Khaleda Zia got a warm welcome in India and if Hasina goes to Pakistan it will create a very negative image for AL. If AL really cares for apology than with its majority in parliament it could have cease diplomatic relation with Pakistan and press them to make apology.

  • Other View
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 02:11 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Stop congratulating Hasina. It is silly not to go to Olympics twice and not a meeting of great significance to Bangladesh.Good for Dipu Moni she can keep flying again.

  • S G
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 02:20 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    The moment when I read about the honourable Foreign Minister of Pakistan's remark about 'forgetting past' I wished that our PM would not go there. Thanks to our PM from bottom of my heart. How dare Hina Rabbani comes to our country and asks us to forget the past? What are we if we forget our root or our ancestors? If there is only one stance I have been happy about the stances taken by our government in last 4 years, I would acknowledge this step as that one.

  • A Choudhury
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 02:49 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    I expected that the PM would do the right thing for the nation. I am very grateful for this decision. This is purely to express our total revulsion of the most inhuman activities the Pakistan did during the Liberation War.

  • Syed
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 03:09 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    A very good chance to start afresh with Pakistan is lost and this will not be taken as a befitting response to Pak FM's visit with personal invitation.

  • Turja, Canada
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 03:42 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Wise decision. Visiting Pakistan is not a priority for any world leaders.

  • Itat Mamoon
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 04:21 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Totally agree.....we should not continue any bilateral relations until the Pakistan apologise publicly.

  • Nadeem Omar
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 04:22 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Very poor diplomacy on the part of the government. Before Hasina accepted the invitation she should have considered all the factors, but once accepted she should not have turned it down. Hasina was invited to attend the D-8 Summit, not to talk about bilateral issues. So, what's the problem? Recall, that her father went to Pakistan soon after independence to represent the country at the OIC meeting and discuss about the issues challenging the Muslim world not to agitate over what the Pakistani military had done to us.

  • Mirza Zeehan
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 04:59 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Why should we try to improve ties with a country that killed millions of our people? Pakistan's collapsing economy and volatile security situation offer no great opportunity for cooperation anyway.

  • Farid Ahmed
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 05:01 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    PM has taken a bold and right decision.

  • Shaheen
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 05:52 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    I do not like Awami League, but this time I support the decision made by Sheikh Hasina. Pakistan has to apologies to Bangladesh that it has committed a crime against humanity in Bangladesh in 1971, pay Bangladesh its share of assets, pay war crime reparation to the people affected and takes all the Pakistanis stranded in Bangladesh.

  • Shabbir A Bashar
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 10:52 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    It is a childish decision based with nothing but emotions at a time when today's world has very little time for such luxuries. Here was an opportunity for Bangladesh to meet with all D-8 members and discuss how to leverage their demands as a bloc.

  • Shah Mostain Billah
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 06:45 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    PM has done the right thing. There should be no summit level visit to Pakistan until Pakistan offers a formal apology and pay for the compensation for what they did in 1971.

  • Kamal
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 06:58 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Pakistan must offer apology for their barbaric acts in 1971. Since then they have not done anything good in support of Bangladesh. As a nation we should stand firm no formal apology no more state level visit.

  • mujibul alam khan
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 07:01 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    When Hina Rabbani delivered the 'Look Forward Forget the Past' message, Pakistan actually offered a penalty kick for Sheikh Hasina's government which Bangladesh promptly exploited - scored a much deserved goal. Hasina's message is very clear to Pakistan and the world as well. This is indeed a tremendous diplomatic achievement for Bangladesh who, in recent time, has been struggling to restore its global image. I thank Hasina and her government for such a bold and wise decision.

  • Jumana Sarwar
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 07:31 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    The D-8 summit is not a bilateral meeting between Bangladesh and Pakistan rather it involves six other nations besides Bangladesh and Pakistan. The USA was actively worked against us in 1971. Should we boycott them too? There is no wrong putting pressure on Pakistan for an apology but under representing a multi state forum yield what?

  • f islam
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 08:07 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Sheikh Hasina should have gone to Pakistan and make demands there. Her father went to Pakistan just after independence to attend Islamic heads of state and also met Bhutto.

  • Ajit Barua (Tokyo) F.F.
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 08:07 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    This is a right decision that our PM has cancelled the visit to Pakistan. First, let them realise what they did during our independence war against humanity as well as our innocent people. Why they are still hesitating to give their apology to Bangladesh?

  • Syed Karim
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 08:21 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Thank God, Sheikh Hasina decided to call off the visit! It is unwise to visit a country where a 14-year old girl was shot for advocating education for women.

  • jamshed sarwar
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 08:25 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    most of the comments about Pakistan are nothing but based on one sided perception.

  • Nuton
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 08:47 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Why? They wrong in 20th century but this is 21st century! Perhaps they love to say sorry for the atrocities they committed in 1971. Friends and foes must be together for economic developments. We need on the table, isn't it?

  • Mayen Uddin Tazim, former Advisor, UNDP
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 09:28 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    D-8 Summit is definitely an international forum for the Asia for sharing bilateral issues among the members' countries. But, in considering the security threat around the Pakistan, the honourable Prime Minister has taken wise decision on not going to Pakistan. Pakistan is considered as terrorist country where Pakistani citizens are not being safe. Nevertheless, it is threat for Sheikh Hasina particularly because of daughter of the founder of the nation as fundamentalists had acted against the freedom and independent of Bangladesh in 1971.

  • Putool
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 09:47 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Heartiest congrats to our honourable PM for this excellent decision. Pak FM's such 05 hrs brief visit like their late Pres Bhutto was for avoiding Jatiyo Sriti Shoudha visit. Late Pres Bhutto under pressure ultimately visited with Golf Head -gear.

  • Onila
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 09:57 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Heartiest felicitations to the Hon'b P.M for this landmark decision.

  • Jahid Patwary
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 10:09 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Really appreciated, at last she took a good decision on this. No Bangladeshi PM should visit to Pakistan unless they are being apologised for 1971. I think a party should be celebrated nationwide.

  • Dr. Iftikhar-ul-Awwal, DU
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 11:02 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Dissimilar and distorted historical perspectives create unfortunate and wrong impressions, especially in the minds of young readers. Germany was never forgiven by Europe but had to pay heavy reparations as war damages after World War I.

  • Jakir Khan
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 11:21 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Good decision by the honourable PM. We can not forget what Pakistan did in 1971 and 1975. They are giving refuse to Bangabandhu's killers. The ISI is still trying to destabilise our country with the help of BNP. Until and unless thy make full apology and return our stolen wealth, our relations can not be normal.

  • Shekhar Dev
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 11:38 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Thanks to our PM for cancelling the scheduled about 8th D-8 summit. But I think that Dipu Moni should present the summit for ours benefit. We are really shocked by the comment of Hina. She must know that a nation is never forget his glorious past.

  • abdullah al mostain
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 12:25 PM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    we don't trust Pakistan even when they come with flowers.

  • Shibly Parvez
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 02:43 PM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    We fully support the stand/views of the current government and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Pakistan must apologise for atrocities and crimes against humanity in 1971.The Pakistani war criminals should also be tried at the International Criminal Court (ICC). And congratulations to Sheikh Hasina for her decision not to visit Pakistan.

  • Virendra
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 02:57 PM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Germany and Japan surrendered and paid huge amounts in compensation to allied countries before they were forgiven officially. Unofficially, Germans or Japanese are still disliked by people they tormented - ask a Korean, Chinese or Polish. Pakistan should start with official apology before asking to forget the past. This is the least they can do. Right now Pakistan is facing alienation from world over so they are struggling to befriend anybody who cares. They destroyed whole generation of the country. The pain won't just go away.

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 03:21 PM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Very sorry to learn this report. If it is due to apology from Pakistan than why Dipu Moni will represent, why not boycotting the D-8 summit.

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 05:04 PM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    If Sheikh Haisna visits to Pakistan then it is good for Bangladesh, if not then it is better for Pakistan.

  • M H Uddin
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 12:22 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Security is the main concern in Pakistan but government should think carefully before making any official announcement. This kind of flip-flop nature will impact relation with other countries.

    PM's office should be mature in future regarding such announcement.

  • Syed Karim
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 08:20 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Good decision!

  • Naharin
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 12:43 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    very wise decision indeed. We should forget any bilateral relationship with Pakistan till it offers unconditional apology to Bangladesh.

  • Syed
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 06:12 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    On similar grounds would the PM cancel her tours to Britian and would Bengalis also uphold similar views towards Britain? Britain during its 200 years of colonial rule did not better then what the Pakistan did in 1971.

  • Iftikhar-ul-Awwal
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 12:50 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    I am not surprised at the last moment decision of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina not to go to Pakistan to attend the D-8 summit. A cumulative set of factors might have compelled our government to take a negative decision. The failure of the Pakistani government not to seek official public apology for their genocidal activities in 1971 appears to be the crux of the whole matter. Besides, in spite of their repeated promises they failed to repatriate all the stranded Pakistanis living in Bangladesh. The vital question of division of assets and liabilities as it existed then in1971 yet remains unsolved. The question of war reparations is also plaguing the minds of Bangladeshis. Taking a leap forward requires substantive concession from Pakistan which unfortunately is wanting on their part.

  • Brig. Azeem mallik
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 01:05 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Attending or not going for the meeting is not of much consequence. But wavering on the issue showed lack of information on the subject and decession making in our government is yet to be formalized . This is very poor show.

  • niloufar sarker
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 01:13 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    What a relief that our PM is not going to Pakistan .The issues that needs to be settled with Pakistan are really serious ones.Just visiting each other does not resolve them.Visits should be for negotiations only.

  • sr islam
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 01:18 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    I am not sure whether cancellation of PM visit was more for reasons of personal safety and less as a message of national significance to Pakistan for its bloody, dastardly and cowardly criminal acts during 1971. It is likely the first. However, I would like the Pakistani government, especially the ruling Punjabi elite to take cognisance of this move and read into it as a huge No to any signs of reconciliation. The purely lip service paid by Hina Rabbani and her cohorts towards their past acts shows that a nation which cannot come to terms with its crimes is not worthy of being recognised by us or any other country. Perhaps it is sanguine to say that heavenly justice is being heaped on Pakistan as it spirals into disorder and violence-this time at the hands of its leaders on its own people. It is sad to see, but those who lived by the sword can now feel its cutting edge. I have little sympathy for their condition till they show us the minimum repentance.





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