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Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Cancellation of PM's Islamabad visit

The manner in which it was done is unfortunate

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's cancellation of Pakistan visit to Islamabad in connection with the upcoming D-8 summit has raised more questions than answers.

What seems intriguing is the abruptness of the PM's decision to call off the visit after she had accepted the invitation that was conveyed by the Pak foreign minister in Dhaka. In fact, the PM's press secretary had informed that she would visit Islamabad on November 21.

Reportedly, her close colleagues had advised her against the visit in view of what they perceived as security risks. We think Sheikh Hasina's security concerns are a genuine issue and one that must always be given high priority. Her stand against extremist forces makes her particularly vulnerable in countries like Pakistan where extremists often play havoc with security bastions. However, if security reasons have prompted cancellation of the visit then why weren't these given due consideration before conveying a positive response in the first place? We think the PM was badly served by her staff.

The manner in which the matter has been handled is very disturbing. What message does it convey to the diplomatic circles at home and abroad? What is worrying is that the visit was not a bilateral one. Countries with important trade prospects like Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia and Iran are also a part of the D-8 group.

The Bangladesh foreign ministry must be very careful about planning foreign visits by our head of the government as this kind of unpredictability in our diplomatic behaviour at the top level may tell upon our foreign relations and credibility abroad.

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Bangladesh should terminate any relations with PAK until they apologize.

: Abu Hanif

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. After Second World War, the dictators were either physically liquidated or tried in international courts. The Japanese, on the other hand, were placed under Allied control after the Second World War. As regards dropping atom bombs by US in August, 1945, that had to be done to hasten Japanese surrender. Had not such drastic measures taken, the overall death toll could have been larger due to continued warfare. As regards setting up of formal and informal empires by European powers, it was in the nature of world order of the day. To put it in a nutshell-it was an imperialist age where the race for markets and political domination decided the prestige of a nation. An extension of the colonial age was Apartheid-an obnoxious policy followed in southern Africa. The case of Pakistan brandishing arms to carry out genocidal acts in the then East Pakistan on unarmed civilians of the same country was a crime against humanity. For this reason alone, Pakistan MUST seek official public apology, if normalization of relations is desired.

: Dr. Iftikhar-ul-Awwal


  • A Choudhury
    Wednesday, November 14, 2012 02:44 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Whatever your opinion DS, I am very pleased with the wise decision by the PM. It is right for the govt to demand the apology for the murder, mayhem, rapes and the most horrible cruelties the barbarous Pakistani and their Jamaat hordes carried out during the War of Liberation.

  • Syed Karim
    Wednesday, November 14, 2012 03:07 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Pakistanis treated Bengalis like slaves for 24 years; they continue to do so whenever Bengalis living abroad mistakenly go to Indian restaurants staffed by Pakistanis. Diplomatic niceties are not applicable to the bigoted and intolerant people of Pakistan, the same people who sheltered mass murderers like bin Laden and Hafiz Saeed.

  • suahmed
    Wednesday, November 14, 2012 06:23 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    The issue of cancellation of PM's visit to Islamabad seems that we are not diplomatic enough in diplomacy to deal with international affairs. Knowing the grave insecurity how she accepted the invitation and knowing the fact that Pakistan, a one-time enemy of Bangladesh still unwilling to apologise its genocide in Bangladesh, how our govt. maintains diplomatic relations with her. Our govt. must pursue a transparent and strong policy in international affairs. Otherwise we will loose our compatibility and credibility in the world.

  • Arif
    Wednesday, November 14, 2012 09:55 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    I am glad to see some sanity in your editorial. Our foreign policy should not be run by emotion and unpredictability. Hasina has shown a lot of immaturity in her handling issues with opposition leader, Dr Yunus and again Pakistan. This in not fair for the people of Bangladesh. If this government has any political stance or demand or reservations, it should state those clearly. Ear problem is not a proper excuse to cancel an official visit after accepting it in the first place. Hasina should state clearly and in concrete terms what she wants from Pakistan and tie reciprocal concrete actions or response to those demands clearly.

  • Qamruddin Chowdhury
    Wednesday, November 14, 2012 11:26 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Who in D-8 cares if Hasina or BD is not represented? Pakistan is least bothered too. We Bangladeshis abroad are really ashamed of our own governance standard and the current situation of complete lawlessness, infinite corruption, and endless saga of poor people and facilities prevailing in our country. Let there be an end to this sort of governance. When will sanity come?

  • Shekhar Dev
    Wednesday, November 14, 2012 11:38 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    PM decision is good but it must be free-planned. I agreed with the editorial.

  • Hafeejul Alam
    Wednesday, November 14, 2012 12:06 PM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Diplomatic mannerism should not hold well for a country that raped thousands and massacred millions of people of Bangladesh during our Liberation War and again refused even to apologise for the sin committed. Over and above, Pakistan and its intelligence agency reportedly played hostile to Bangladesh at different times. Therefore, there is nothing wrong for Prime Minister Hasina to forego the invitation on security reasons even after second thought.

  • shaheen
    Wednesday, November 14, 2012 12:08 PM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Not only PM Hasina, no one should visit Pakistan and terminate all diplomatic and commercial relationship until they make the formal apology! We do not need them, they need us!

  • shahid
    Wednesday, November 14, 2012 12:29 PM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    This exemplifies how poorly equipped AL's foreign policy apparatus is!

  • Bamandas Basu
    Wednesday, November 14, 2012 12:44 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Trade prospects with countries like Turkey, Malayasia, etc. can be discussed in a more direct away by having bilateral visits. The Prime Minister of Bangladesh need not and should not go to the summits for this purpose, particularly if there is any security risk. The heads of government of other countries should also reconsider their Pakistan visit. The terrorist organizations in Pakistan, who are directly or indirectly patronized by the Pakistani regime, will not even spare the other heads of government, if they find it necessary. The Daily Star should refrain from writing this type of Editorial.

  • Concerned
    Wednesday, November 14, 2012 12:46 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Without proper and necessary 'home-work' on related issues, why was the official announcement made on PM's visit? The Editorial has summed up.

    However, it is not a bilateral visit/issue. We could have capitalised on the presence of other trading members. Diplomatically it does not show our maturity.

    Bottom line though is a Full, Open and Unconditional Apology required of Pakistan Govt. Only then can we think of mutual and improvement in our relationship. The cold shouldering is now for too long from us and the EGO of Pakistan is too big and haughty to accept the facts.

    Sooner or later, Apology has to come.

  • niloufar sarker
    Wednesday, November 14, 2012 12:49 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    I am totally taken aback by your Editorial.You seeemed to be more concerned with propriety than the safety concern of our PM.Even last minute cancellation is very much desired when there is a safety concern.In an article in your paper dated August 12 you elaborated how the prime suspect of August11 2006 Tajuddin a brother of a BNP deputy minister, was given asylum in Pakistan.Who knows what he is hatching with his cronies in Pakistan.

  • niloufar sarker
    Wednesday, November 14, 2012 01:02 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Your Editorial term the manner in which the visit by our PM as unfortunate.What is unfortunate is that Pakistan gave asylum to Tajuddin the prime suspect of an attempted assasination on Shiek Hasina on August 21 2004.What is unfortunate is that Pakistan does not think it's proper to apologise to heal or take back Pakistani citizens rotting in what is called Bihari camp & settle financial issues.





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