Bangladesh, Other|November 22, 2017 11:13 pm

Bangladesh Seeks Formal Apology from Pakistan for the Video Posted Over Facebook


The Government of Bangladesh seeks a formal apology from Pakistan regarding a social Media Post on Facebook by the High Commission of Pakistan. The Bangladeshi Government found the post misleading and ill motivated.  In addition, it had called for the instant removal of the video that had been posted on a Facebook page, which is maintained by the Pakistan mission in Dhaka. The 13:45-minute video in the page named Pakistan Affairs shows that it was not Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who announced the independence of free Bangladesh but it was actually Ziaur Rahman.

According to numerous reports of the media outlets, the High Commission of Pakistan in Dhaka had shared the video on its Facebook page.  Soon after sharing the video, controversies started to rise and sensing that the video can cause further trouble, it was deleted later.

Rafiuzzaman Siddiqui, the High Commissioner had been summoned by the Foreign Ministry on October 26, while lodging a sturdy objection and warned against the misrepresentation of history. Later the Envoy had answered the summons at a meeting with Kamrul Ahsan, the Foreign Secretary (Bilateral and Consular) on October 31. He also remarked that if it is allowed to continue, it might harm the bilateral relationship between the two nations.  An individual would not be allowed to spread diverted ideas for the sake of personal agendas.

According to the statement of Ahsan, the Pakistani representative had apologised and explained that the incident had been ‘unintentional’ and they had some problems understanding the actual situation. Later, the Foreign Ministry remarked repeated breach of diplomatic norms by Pakistan would lead to harm the bilateral relations between the two nations.


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