Just a fortnight before the virtual meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met with Pakistan’s Ambassador to Bangladesh.
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to carry a gathering with Narendra Modi on December 16. The foreign ministries of the 2 countries are busy organizing the meeting. Does the Prime Minister’s meeting with Pakistan’s diplomat Imran Ahmed Siddiqui before this meeting have any significance?
Various speculations are happening within the diplomatic arena about this. There has been a sort of agitation within the diplomatic arena about this. Why did the Prime Minister meet? Such questions are now being discussed within the political and diplomatic arenas on whether the meeting will have any impact on the Bangladesh-India Prime Minister’s Summit.
It is to be noted that this is often the meeting of the Prime Minister with an envoy of Pakistan after 10 long years. Bangladesh-Pakistan relations are in turmoil for the last 20 years. Earlier, a Pakistani ambassador was appointed to Bangladesh but Bangladesh refused to simply accept him. For an extended time, there was no diplomat within the Pakistan embassy in Bangladesh.
Eventually, Pakistan withdrew and offered the names of Imran Ahmed Siddiqui, but Bangladesh accepted the offer. this is often his first meeting with the Prime Minister since Imran Ahmed Siddiqui took office. What the state-run press agency BSS said about what was discussed at the meeting at Ganobhaban was just a formality. consistent with BSS, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan’s wishes for the betterment of relations between the 2 countries and strengthening of economic and trade ties between the 2 countries are discussed.
However, during this meeting, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has clearly said that the injuries of 1971 will remain. Bangladesh will always remember the atrocities and genocide perpetrated by the Pakistani forces in 1971. But behind of these formalities, this meeting is taken into account to be indirectly significant or important.
Bangladesh-India relations are strained for the past few days and one among the explanations for this is often Bangladesh’s economic relations with China. China has already established itself because of the largest investor in Bangladesh. China is participating altogether in mega projects in Bangladesh.
The Bangladesh government has been moving far away from its previous enmity with Pakistan for the last two years. Gradually various economic and export trade with Pakistan is being strengthened. The Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has duly called the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. Diplomats feel that each one is often uncomfortable for India. Because the animosity between India and Pakistan isn’t a replacement issue. This enmity has long been a subject of dialogue within the international community.
However, Bangladesh is saying that the most basic of Bangladesh’s policy is ‘friendship with all, not enmity with anyone’. On the idea of that policy, Pakistan has normal relations with Bangladesh, but Pakistan has not yet formally apologized for the genocide in Bangladesh in 1971. Pakistan has not yet paid its justifiable share to Bangladesh. In such a context, why did the Prime Minister meet with the Ambassador of Pakistan? Did the Prime Minister meet to place pressure on India and to convey the message that India isn’t the sole priority for Bangladesh?
For some time now, there has been a thought within the diplomatic arena that Bangladesh’s policy and diplomacy depend upon India. Did Prime Minister Imran Ahmed Siddiqui meet Ganobhaban before meeting Modi to chop India’s dependence? The message that Sheikh Hasina has clearly conveyed through her meeting with the diplomat of Pakistan is that India must now reconcile its relations with Bangladesh because Bangladesh is now an enormous think about the subcontinent.