Bangladesh comes out in support of India
DHAKA: Bangladesh came out strongly in support of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, criticising Pakistan Foreign Office’s statement that India interfered in the affairs of East Pakistan during the 1971 debacle, Bangladesh’s media reported on Thursday. “The Indian PM said that India supported the 1971 war of liberation. But this is not tantamount to interference in Pakistan, as New Delhi, as a friendly neighbour, stood by Bangladesh whose independence was proclaimed on March 26, 1971. Therefore, it was support from one country to the other against its fight with a third country (Pakistan),” Bangladesh Information Minister Hasanal Haq Inu said in a statement published in Indian paper. Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah had said in a statement that ‘Indian politicians not only indulge in actions that are in violation of the United Nations’ Charter but also take pride in recalling their interference in the internal affairs of other states’. Bangladeshi minister claimed that after the March 1971 declaration of independence, the Sheikh Mujib government was recognised by other countries of South Asia as well. He said the then Indian government had stood by the newly formed regime of Bangladesh and, therefore, the question of intervention does not arise. Inu also alleged that Pakistan’s intelligence service had encouraged and supported growth of radical forces and terror groups in Bangladesh, putting security of the region at peril.
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