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Pakistan says all visa restrictions for Bangladeshis removed
The move is being seen as an ice breaker in the frosty relations between the two Muslim-majority countries in South Asia.

A Pakistani official said they are waiting for a similar response from Bangladesh [File: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters]

A Pakistani official said they are waiting for a similar response from Bangladesh [File: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters]
8 Jan 2021
Pakistan has lifted all restrictions on visas for Bangladeshi citizens, a move being seen as an ice breaker in the frosty relations between the two Muslim-majority countries in South Asia.
“Pakistan has already removed all restrictions on Pakistani visas for Bangladeshi citizens,” said a statement by the Pakistan High Commission in Bangladesh after a meeting between Pakistani High Commissioner Imran Ahmed Siddiqui and Bangladesh’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam on Thursday.
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“The two sides agreed to intensify bilateral contacts at all levels,” the statement added.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency after the meeting, Siddiqui said Pakistan is waiting for the same response from the Bangladeshi side.
“Bangladesh’s restrictions on Pakistani nationals are still in place, and that is why I informed the state minister that we have already lifted all bars from our side,” he said.
Bangladesh, former East Pakistan, gained independence after a bloody war in 1971 over popular resentment against power being concentrated in West Pakistan.

Bilateral relations between the two nations have remained tense since, but reached a peak in 2009 when Bangladesh established a tribunal to prosecute those accused of war crimes in 1971.
During the liberation war, the country’s largest Islamist party had sided with the Pakistani military in a bid to prevent the breakup of the country.
India, Pakistan’s regional rival, had supported the Bangladeshi fighters for independence.
But analysts say Bangladesh began seeking closer relations with Pakistan over India’s “partial attitude” recently, including monopoly control over shared rivers, killings of unarmed Bangladeshi civilians on the borders, and the passing of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
In July last year, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan made a rare phone call to his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina as Dhaka declared pursuing a foreign policy of “friendship to all and malice to none”.
On Thursday, the Pakistani envoy also called on Hasina and Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen in Dhaka and reportedly discussed various bilateral issues.


In a separate statement by the Bangladesh foreign ministry, Minister Alam was quoted as saying: “We look forward to engaging with Pakistan.”
Both sides agreed on the need to hold long-pending foreign office consultations which were last held in 2010, it added.
Alam also urged Pakistan to grant access to more Bangladeshi products by utilising the existing South Asia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) provisions, relaxing the negative list and removing trade barriers. “The current trade balance tilts towards Pakistan,” he said.
During the meeting, the Pakistani side emphasised addressing all non-trade barriers to establish “productive commercial relations”.
Apology from Pakistan
Alam also urged Pakistan to offer an official apology “for the genocide committed in the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971”.
The Pakistani envoy also handed over a signed copy of the Tripartite Agreement of 1974 to the Bangladeshi state minister “which had addressed all the outstanding issues between the two countries”.

“The agreement should serve as a foundation for further strengthening of the existing fraternal relations,” the statement quoted Pakistani High Commissioner Siddiqui as saying.
The April 1974 agreement signed by Bangladesh, Pakistan and India in New Delhi says: “The Prime Minister of Pakistan had declared that he would visit Bangladesh in response to the invitation of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh and appealed to the people of Bangladesh to forgive and forget the mistakes of the past, in order to promote reconciliation.
“Similarly, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh had declared with regard to the atrocities and destruction committed in Bangladesh in 1971 that he wanted the people to forget the past and to make a fresh start, stating that the people of Bangladesh knew how to forgive.”
The agreement also said Bangladesh “had decided not to proceed with the [1971 war] trials as an act of clemency” and that the prisoners of war “may be repatriated to Pakistan”.
“The Ministers [the then foreign ministers of Bangladesh, Pakistan and India] expressed their conviction that the above agreements provide a firm basis for the resolution of the humanitarian problems arising out of the conflict of 1971,” said the agreement.
SOURCE : AL JAZEERA, ANADOLU
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How retard is that? Aren't there already enough illegal bangali terrorists in Pakistan? Now indian bangali / bihari raw agents will pour in to Pakistan using bangladeshi passports

We need tourism from countries who would bring money and spend it here not from bangladesh who would come here to find better paying jobs
 

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wtf ... Karachi is already loaded with illegal Bengali immigrants ....now more !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wtf wrong with govt ...
 

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Welcome to Pakistan.

Enjoy the long security checks in the next country you visit after Pakistan.
I travelled at least half a dozen times in a year on my Pakistani passport, never had any issues even these days, you can enjoy your Canadian benefits...just wondering how did u manage to get a canadian visa.
 

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oh bhai teray saath problem kia hai......canadian weather have most probably frozen your brain and turned them into brains.
I travelled at least half a dozen times in a year on my Pakistani passport, never had any issues even these days, you can enjoy your Canadian benefits...just wondering how did u manage to get a canadian visa.
Where did you go? Syria, Iran and Iraq?
oh bhai teray saath problem kia hai......canadian weather have most probably frozen your brain and turned them into brains.
I travelled at least half a dozen times in a year on my Pakistani passport, never had any issues even these days, you can enjoy your Canadian benefits...just wondering how did u manage to get a canadian visa.
Don't try to blackmail me by calling me bhai this bhai that
 

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Where did you go? Syria, Iran and Iraq?


Don't try to blackmail me by calling me bhai this bhai that
why would i try to blackmail you and in what way...care to explain. travelling to the countries you mentioned requires balls which you have lost in return of accepting canadian nationality. Anyways i mostly travel between western european countries. Now go figure.
 

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why would i try to blackmail you and in what way...care to explain. travelling to the countries you mentioned requires balls which you have lost in return of accepting canadian nationality. Anyways i mostly travel between western european countries. Now go figure.
you are trying to blackmail me into doing an NRo with the corrupt by praising PSL and inviting foreign elements in the country for monetary gains
 

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