A delegation of Ganajagaran Mancha, led by its spokesman Dr Imran H Sarkar, on Sunday handed over a memorandum to the Foreign Ministry asking them to immediately ‘suspend’ diplomatic ties with Pakistan until it seeks apology for their ‘unwarranted’ interference in Bangladesh’s ‘absolute internal affairs’.
They said the diplomatic ties with Pakistan ‘could be restored’ once Pakistan seeks apology for their remarks on Bangladesh’s judicial process and adopting resolution in the Pakistan National Assembly (NA) and Punjab Provincial Assembly on the verdict of war crimes cases.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque received the memorandum and had a meeting with the delegation for nearly half an hour.
“We’ve demanded that diplomatic ties with Pakistan be suspended until they seek apology for their unwarranted remarks and interference into the internal affairs of a sovereign country …we won’t tolerate such interference,” Imran told reporters emerging from the meeting at the Foreign Ministry.
Responding to a question, he said the Foreign Minister listened to them and assured them of looking into their demands. “He (FM) has told us that they’ve limitations but agreed with our position that Pakistan interfered in our internal affairs.”
“Mainly, we’ve discussed (at the meeting) about our last three-day movement in Gulshan area. They (FM, FS) have specifically told us there has been no violation of any international treaty (Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961),” Imran added.
He also said they have been on a movement for the last three days and they will sit together again after the seven-day deadline for taking next course of programs if their demands remained unmet within the deadline. “We’ll look forward what outcome comes…then we’ll decide.”
Responding to another question, Imran said they would send a similar memorandum to the Secretary-General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) so that they can take initiatives from their part as its member state ‘Pakistan is interfering into internal matters of another member state - Bangladesh’.
“We’ve already taken a decision in this regard in our meeting. Pakistan’s such remarks are threats to regional security and relations. So, we’ll also let them (Saarc) them know our position,” he added.
The delegation of Ganajagaran Mancha reached the Foreign Ministry at about 1:10pm to hand over the memorandum with police protection.
Later, the delegation was scheduled to handover similar memorandum to the Home Ministry.
Gano Manch demands ties cut ties with Pakistan