Pakistan urges UN to take note of Modi’s remark on 1971 war

Islamabad, June 10 (IANS) A top Pakistani official on Wednesday called upon the international community and the UN to take notice of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement in Dhaka last week regarding Bangladesh’s 1971 Liberation War.

The people of Pakistan and Bangladesh were bound by strong bonds, said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s key advisor Sartaj Aziz while adressing the Senate, Geo News reported.

He added that India was not eligible for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

During his official visit to Bangladesh, Modi last Sunday in Dhaka said the establishment of Bangladesh was a desire of every Indian citizen and that was why Indian forces fought along with the Mukti Bahini, thus creating a new country.

“Such statements not only vitiate the atmosphere but put a question mark on India’s sincerity to establish good neighbourly relationship with Pakistan,” Aziz said.

Aziz stressed that Pakistan wanted to have good relations with all its neighbouring countries.

On Tuesday, Pakistan’s Foreign Office also took note of the Indian prime minister’s statement.

Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi M. Khalilullah called on the international community to take notice of Modi’s statement and said the attempt by India to destabilise relations between Pakistan and Bangladesh would not succeed.

Modi made the statement on Sunday during his official visit to Bangladesh, which was East Pakistan before becoming a separate country after the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.

Modi recalled his participation in the Jana Sangh campaign backing the rebels in former East Pakistan as he accepted a “liberation war” honour on behalf of former Indian premier Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Modi said he was one of the young volunteers who came to Delhi in 1971 to participate in the satyagraha launched by the Jana Sangh to garner support for the Mukti Bahini members.

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