Bangladesh’s Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Sunday said Pakistan had to be isolated for “harbouring terrorists and supporting acts”. He also emphasised the need to successfully conclude Teesta water treaty with India. “Pakistan has always harboured and supported terrorists. We feel those who support terrorism should be discouraged and isolated. We should do everything to discourage and condemn such attacks. Such kind of terror attacks should not be carried out against any country,” Khan said. “Both India and Bangladesh have the same stand on the issue of terrorism. We have noticed in recent past, how Pakistan’s involvement in various terror attacks has come out in open. This has to stop.”
Amid heightened tension with Pakistan over Uri terror attack in which 18 jawans were killed, India had announced its decision of pulling out of the SAARC Summit in Islamabad in November citing increased “cross-border” attacks. Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan also pulled out of the summit, indirectly blaming Pakistan for creating an environment which was not right for successful holding of the meet, resulting in its collapse.
On deadlock over Teesta water sharing treaty, Khan says he is hopeful that the pact will be a reality in future but maintained relations between both countries don’t depend on a single treaty.
“Any treaty is done on the basis of mutual interests of both countries. A treaty cannot be signed by neglecting the interests of a country which is party to it. We feel that Teesta treaty will happen in future. The way bilateral relations are moving forward, we are hopeful that Teesta treaty will happen sooner or later,” he says.
“The bilateral relationship won’t depend on this treaty. It is true that Bangladesh is facing some problems. Water is essential for both the countries,” he says.
with PTI inputs
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