14 May, 2021

Next Door Loses The Key

Foreign minister Morshed Khan gets flak at home — from all sides — for letting Indo-Bangla ties sour Updates

Next Door Loses The Key
Relations between Bangladesh and India have been particularly rocky over the last two years, marred by border skirmishes and mutual public recriminations over issues like illegal immigrants and terrorism. Here, in Dhaka at least, New Delhi was seen as the culprit. But last week, in an astonishing development, the 10-member Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Ministry held foreign minister Morshed Khan responsible for the downward slide in Indo-Bangla relations, even describing it as the worst-ever since the birth of the country in 1971.

The standing committee had convened last week to discuss Bangladesh's relations with South Asian countries and other myriad issues. Also present at the meeting was Morshed Khan, whom committee head barrister Ziaur Rahman—a member of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)—reportedly castigated for the decline in Indo-Bangla relations. Held in-camera, the committee members advised him to take up "confidence-building measures as well as initiate dialogue" with India. The suggestion comes a little more than a month before the...

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