Pakistan invitation



Published — Friday 16 November 2012

Last update 15 November 2012 3:27 pm

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This is in reference to the story, “Bangladesh PM turns down Pakistan summit invitation”(Nov. 14). Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s cancellation of Pakistan visit to Islamabad in connection with the upcoming D-8 summit has raised more questions than answers.

What seems intriguing is the abruptness of the prime minister’s decision to call off the visit after she had accepted the invitation that was extended by Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar during her brief visit to Dhaka. In fact, the prime minister’s press secretary had informed that she would visit Islamabad on Nov. 21 and attend the summit which is scheduled to be held on Nov. 22. Reportedly, her close colleagues advised her against the visit in view of what they perceived as security risks.

I think Hasina’s security concerns are a genuine issue and one that must always be given high priority. Her stand against extremist forces makes her particularly vulnerable in countries like Pakistan where extremists often play havoc with security bastions. However, if security reasons have prompted cancellation of the visit then why weren’t these given due consideration before conveying a positive response in the first place? We think the PM was badly served by her staff.

The manner in which the matter has been handled is very disturbing. What message does it convey to the diplomatic circles at home and abroad? What is worrying is that the visit was not a bilateral one. Countries with important trade prospects like Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia and Iran are also a part of the D-8 group.

The Bangladesh Foreign Ministry must be very careful about planning foreign visits by their head of the government as this kind of unpredictability in their diplomatic behavior at the top level may tell upon their foreign relations and credibility abroad. — Naser Mullah, Riyadh

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