Never For­get

Southasia - - Editor’s Mail -

Your cover story on Pak­istan-bangladesh re­la­tions was in­ter­est­ing and very ac­cu­rate. It was good to see an au­thor de­tail the griev­ances that oc­curred against East Pak­ista­nis and point out the var­i­ous dif­fer­ences that had doomed a com­bined East and West Pak­istan sep­a­rated by miles and miles, from the very be­gin­ning. The two sides were com­pletely dif­fer­ent in terms of dress, cus­toms, cui­sine and, most im­por­tantly, lan­guage. Given the dif­fer­en­tial treat­ment of both wings, a break up was in­evitable. Both wings dis­tanced them­selves from each other and In­dia ex­ploited the sit­u­a­tion. It is un­for­tu­nate that due to the hos­til­ity, bru­tal treat­ment and un­par­al­leled vi­o­lence, many in Bangladesh con­tinue to live with the scars of 1971. Most still feel be­trayed and have lost all trust in the gov­ern­ment of Pak­istan, which con­tin­ues to iso­late them. Many refugees rot in camps and live in no man’s land, with no place to go. As was men­tioned in an ar­ti­cle, both Pak­istan and Bangladesh can ben­e­fit im­mensely if they choose to co­op­er­ate in trade and in­vest­ment. How­ever, for this step to take place, the first step of ad­mit­tance and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion must oc­cur. An of­fi­cial apol­ogy is nec­es­sary for both sides

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