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Pakistan welcomes new Bangladesh government with caution

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Pakistan welcomes new Bangladesh government with caution.

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Pakistan welcomes new Bangladesh government with caution, hoping it to help take the bilateral relationship away from the irritants in the recent times.

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Shotlist: ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (JANUARY 3, 2018) (VNA – ACCESS ALL)

    EXTERIOR OF FOREIGN MINISTRY BUILDING
    FOREIGN OFFICE SPOKESMAN, MOHAMMAD FAISAL, ARRIVING FOR WEEKLY NEWS BRIEFING
    VARIOUS OF JOURNALISTS
    (SOUNDBITE) (English) FOREIGN OFFICE SPOKESMAN, MOHAMMAD FAISAL, SAYING: "We want Pakistan-Bangladesh relations to move forward in line with 1974 tripartite agreement. We welcome the new elected government in Bangladesh, and hope and expect that it would help take the bilateral relationship away from the irritants that it has faced in the recent times."
    REPORTERS
    END OF NEWS BRIEFING  

STORY: Pakistan on Thursday (January 3) welcomed new Bangladesh government with caution, hoping it would help take the bilateral relationship away from the irritants it has faced in the recent times.

While responding to a question, the Foreign Office spokesman, Mohammad Faisal said Pakistan wanted bilateral relations to move forward according 1974 tripartite agreement.

"We want Pakistan-Bangladesh relations to move forward in line with 1974 tripartite agreement. We welcome the new elected government in Bangladesh, and hope and expect that it would help take the bilateral relationship away from the irritants that it has faced in the recent times,"he said.

General elections were held in Bangladesh on 30 December 2018 to elect members of the Jatiya Sangsad. The Jatiya Sangsad, often referred to simply as the Sangsad or JS and also known as the House of the Nation, is the supreme legislative body of Bangladesh.

The result was a landslide victory for the Awami League led by Sheikh Hasina. The elections were marred by violence and claims of vote rigging. Opposition leader Kamal Hossain rejected the results, calling it "farcical" and demanding fresh elections to be held under a neutral government.

The current parliament of Bangladesh contains 350 seats, including 50 seats reserved for women, which are apportioned on elected party position in the parliament.

Bangladesh and Pakistan are South Asian countries. Following the end of the British raj, the two countries formed a single state for 24 years. The Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971 resulted in the secession of East Pakistan as the Republic of Bangladesh.

Pakistan (formerly West Pakistan) recognized Bangladesh in 1974. Bangladesh continues to call on Pakistan to acknowledge and apologize for its alleged crimes during war. The execution of a Jamaat-e-Islami leader in 2013 was opposed in Pakistan and led to strained ties.

The two countries are both founding members of SAARC, as well as members of the Developing 8 Countries, the OIC and the Commonwealth of Nations. Both are classified as Next Eleven emerging economies.

The trilateral agreement signed between India, Pakistan and Bangladesh on 28 August 1973; and ratified only by India and Pakistan. It allowed the repatriation of prisoners of war and interned officials held in the three countries after the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.

The treaty came into effect on 8 August 1973 and ended on 1 July 1974.

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