‘Move Forward’

‘Move Forward’

 Despite agreeing to it earlier, Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid did not attend the eighth D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation summit, which Pakistan hosted on Nov. 22.
 The snub from the pro-India daughter of Bangladesh’s founder, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, comes after Dhaka issued a fresh demand that Pakistan formally apologize for the war of 1971 that led, after India joined in militarily, to East Pakistan becoming Bangladesh. Dhaka also asked Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar during her recent visit there to try all military personnel and politicians who participated in the war. Khar’s office coolly asked Dhaka to “move forward.”
 Wajid’s absence (as well as that of the Malaysian prime minister and the Egyptian president, who sent their deputies in their stead) was more than compensated by the presence of the presidents of Indonesia, Iran, and Nigeria and Turkey’s prime minister.
 D-8 events commemorating the “Democratic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity” kicked off on Nov. 19. Included on the agenda: improving intra-D-8 trade and removing travel restrictions. Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari has taken over from his Nigerian counterpart as chairman of the D-8 until 2014, when the next summit will take place.
Courtsy: Newsweek