Bound by a history of turbulence
Even as India and Pakistan warm up to each other, ties between Pakistan and Bangladesh appear to be on a free fall, writes Subir Bhaumik
Two days after Narendra Modi’s surprise touchdown at Lahore to extend the spirit of friendship with Pakistan, the investigating agency of Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal announced its decision to try 195 Pakistani officers and soldiers responsible for horrible atrocities during the liberation war. The chief coordinator of the agency, Abdul Hannan Khan, told media persons that formal charges against these 195 men will be framed. He said Pakistan had agreed to put them on trial during the 1974 tripartite agreement (Bangladesh, Pakistan, India), but had reneged on its commitment. This follows demands for their trial in Bangladesh by groups like the Sectors Commanders Forum that had submitted a memorandum to the envoy from Pakistan. Pakistan’s criticism of war crimes trials in Bangladesh has touched a raw nerve there amid evidence that the Inter-Services Intelligence has been funding Islamic militants to bring down the Sheikh Hasina Wajed regime.
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