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Imam, Farruk avoid questions on diplomatic ties with Pakistan

Update : 21 Dec 2013, 06:33 PM

Advisers of the two top political parties did not clarify their views on the issue of cancelling diplomatic ties with Pakistan.

HT Imam, advisor of the Awami League, and Osman Farruk, adviser of main opposition BNP, were asked whether the Ganajagaran Mancha’s demand for severing ties with Pakistan was realistic at the BBC Sanglap yesterday.

In reply to the question shot by one from the audience, former BNP minister Osman Farruk said the government should have protested the very same day the bill – expressing concerns over Quader Molla’s execution – had been raised in the Pakisan parliament.

“The government delayed [in protesting] without any reason,” he said.

Claiming that he did not know much about the matter, Farruk said the decision would depend on the foreign ministry.

In reply to the same question, HT Imam said time has not yet come to answer the question.

“However, in my opinion, Pakistan never received Bangladesh from their hearts,” he said.

Pointing to BNP, Imam said the party had always supported those friends of Pakistan in Bangladesh who gave rise to militancy.

On Monday, the Pakistan National Assembly adopted a resolution expressing concerns over Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Molla, who was executed for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.

Ganajagaran Mancha demanded that the government severed all kinds of diplomatic relations with Islamabad.

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