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Pak must tender apology for 1971: Bangladesh
May 21, 2007 09:35 IST
A formal resolution in Pakistan's parliament seeking apology for crimes committed against Bangladeshis in 1971 could help improve bilateral ties, the foreign affairs adviser of Bangladesh's interim cabinet has said.
"What Pakistan did against the Bengalis in 1971 can be well dubbed as a crime, not a mistake," The New Age quoted Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury as telling newsmen at a briefing at his office on Sunday.
He was responding to a question on the recent remarks of Pakistani senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed that Pakistan should apologise for crimes committed against the Bangladeshi brethern.
"The world is changing. Japan apologised to China. Pakistan should also come up with an apology," Chowdhury said, appreciating the Pakistani senators' comments.
Some civil society groups in Pakistan have demanded that Islamabad formally seek an apology for the atrocities committed by their troops against Bangladeshis in 1971.
Sayed, the chairman of the Pakistan senate's foreign relations committee, at a Pakistan-Bangladesh media seminar on Monday said, "There is nothing to hide in what happened in 1971." After nine months of the Liberation War backed by India, Bangladesh emerged as an independent nation on December 16, 1971.