Pakistan envoy in Dhaka summoned for distorting history, apology sought

Pakistan envoy in Dhaka summonedRafiuzzaman Siddiqui (Photo: Twitter\@ForeignOfficeKE)

Pakistan envoy in Dhaka summoned for distorting history, apology sought

Bangladesh Foreign Ministry summoned Pakistani envoy to Dhaka Rafiuzzaman Siddiqui on Tuesday for posting a video on the official Facebook page of the Pakistan commission. The video was a “sheer fabrication of historical facts” regarding declaration of Bangaldesh’s independence.

A strong protest was lodged by Kamrul Ahsan, Secretary Bilateral (Europe, Africa and Americas) and Consular, from the ministry of foreign affairs in Bangladesh.

An official statement of the ministry said that the official handed the Pakistan High Commissioner a “diplomatic note” which stated that “the message conveyed in the video that it is not the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who declared independence of Bangladesh is a blatant lie and sheer fabrication of historical facts”. The statement added that the video also mentions “Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman did not want Bangladesh’s independence; he sought autonomy”.

 The Government of Bangladesh rejected this as “baseless” and “unfounded narratives” and sought an apology from the Pakistani envoy calling his action a “breach of diplomatic norms and practices” and deliberate propaganda to spread shameless lies that would “jeopardise” bilateral relations.

The 13-minute video posted by Pakistan High Commission on its Facebook page claimed that ‘Ziaur Rahman, not Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, announced Bangladesh’s independence’.

“Nothing can be farthest from the truth than claiming that the architect of independent Bangladesh and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman did not want Bangladesh’s independence or that Bangladesh’s independence was declared by anybody other than the great leader himself. Any such misadventure from Pakistan or for that matter any quarters in Pakistan would threaten normal ties”, the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry press release read. _ India Today

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