The President of Bangladesh, General Ziaur Rahmen, has paid a two day visit to Pakistan, with the purpose of improving bilateral relations.
The President of Bangladesh, General Ziaur Rahmen, has paid a two day visit to Pakistan, with the purpose of improving bilateral relations. It was the first visit by a Bangladesh leader since the two countries established diplomatic relations at the end of 1975. He met Pakistan's Chief Martial Law Administrator General Zia-ul Haq and President Zazal Elahi Chaudhry. Bangladesh, once East Pakistan, seceded during the 1971 war between Pakistan and India.
SYNOPSIS: As the President's aircraft arrived at Islamabad airport, President Chaudhry, General Zia and other government ministers were waiting to greet them.
The greeting appeared to be friendly. Later the politicians were due to discuss relations between the two countries. For the Bangladesh President it was the third important round of talks in recent day, after completing visits to India and Nepal.
Moves to re-establish full relations between the two nations have been going on since Bangladesh's secessionist leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman visited Pakistan in 1974. Sheikh Rahman later was assassinated. The then Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, ousted earlier this year by the military, later accorded recognition to breakaway Bangladesh.
But the two nations remain at loggerheads over economic questions and the repatriation of refugees from Bangladesh, thorny issues which were due to be discussed.