Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif blamed Bangladesh for sabotaging the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Conference (Saarc) head of states conference in Pakistan.
“Pakistan does not desire any tension in relations with regional countries, including Bangladesh,” he said, according to Radio Pakistan.
Asif was responding to questions from Pakistan National Assembly members on Thursday about relations with Bangladesh.
Asif also reiterated Pakistan’s reservations over the trials of 1971 war criminals since 2010 and accused Bangladesh of “violating” the 1974 tripartite agreement, Express Tribune reports.
“Bangladesh is not implementing the tripartite agreement of 1974 and over the last few years several capital punishments have been executed in connection with the 1971 war,” Asif told the lawmakers.
According to the minister, Pakistan has consistently urged the government of Bangladesh to uphold its commitment as per the tripartite agreement.
“Pakistan desires to move ahead but the other side will also have to reciprocate to our efforts,” he stressed.
Asif told the assembly that Islamabad has been making efforts for the normalization of relations with Dhaka.
The foreign minister said the sixth round of the bilateral political consultations with Bangladesh is expected to take place in the first half of this year in Dhaka.
He expressed confidence that this would provide an opportunity to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries.