Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said on Friday that it is time to move forward to a better relationship between Pakistan and Bangladesh forgetting the past.
In response to her Bangladeshi counterpart Dipu Moni’s advocacy for a formal apology from Pakistan for the genocide and atrocities committed by Pak army during the 1971 Liberation War, Hina the 35-year old charismatic emissary said this on Friday.
“Since 1974, Pakistan in many occasions have already regretted for the 1971. It’s time to look forward for the progress of the two nations”, Foreign Secretary Mizarul Quayes told the journalist quoting Hina who met Dipu Moni.
Dipu told Hina that relation between Bangladesh and Pakistan will improve only after resolving the outstanding issues which includes formal apology from Pakistan on 1971 genocide.
The Pakistan foreign minister held the meeting with her Bangladeshi counterpart Dipu Moni at the foreign ministry for twenty-minutes starting from 11:25am.
Earlier around 10:15am, Hina arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal Airport by a special flight to invite Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Islamabad to attend the Developing-8 Summit on November 22.
Foreign Secretary Mizarul Quayes received her at the airport.
After the meeting with Dipu Moni, Hina called on the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban around noon and handed over the invitation letter to her.
Later, Hina also met BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan office.
Hina left Dhaka completing her five hour-hour visit around 3:30pm.
Source: The Daily Star