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Bangladesh Seeks Official Apology For 1971 Genocide From Pakistan


Bangladesh has sought an official apology from Pakistan for the 1971 genocide during the Liberation War.
Dhaka says three million people died and 300,000 Bengali women were dishonored during the War by Pakistani troops and their cohorts.
Junior Foreign Minister Shahriar Alam said apology for the genocide , completing the repatriation of Pakistanis stranded in Bangladesh and settling the division of assets were essential to sort out .
“In line with that spirit, we look forward to engaging with Pakistan”, he said on Thursday when Pakistan’s new High Commissioner Imran Ahmed Siddiqui paid a courtesy call to him.
 Shahriar cordially welcomed the High Commissioner and highlighted that enhancing relations with all neighbouring countries was a foreign policy priority of Bangladesh Government.
He reiterated the importance of resolving outstanding bilateral issues with Pakistan.
Shahriar urged Pakistan to grant access to more Bangladeshi products by utilizing the existing SAFTA provisions, relaxing the negative list and removing trade barriers.
The current trade balance tilts towards Pakistan. 
Pakistan high Commissioner Siddiqui promised ‘due diligence’ to advance bilateral relations in every possible area of cooperation. 
Both sides agreed on the need to hold the long-pending Foreign Office Consultations, which was last held in 2010.
State Minister for Foreign affairs of B’desh assured Pakistan HC in Dhaka of all cooperation and assistance during his tenure in Dhaka.

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