Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s telephone name to his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina and a press launch from Islamabad saying Mr Khan shared his considerations about Jammu and Kashmir has raised buzz in view of the shifting dynamics in India’s neighbourhood and the clashes with China alongside the Line of Precise Management in Ladakh.
As ties with Nepal turned prickly over the past months, Islamabad’s profitable overtures to Dhaka have given rise to conjecture a couple of potential dilution of Bangladesh’s staunch pro-India stand.
There are considerations that China, already a powerful influencer in Bangladesh, might have had a task within the telephone name, which comes after months of strained relations.
On Kashmir, contrasting statements have emerged from the 2 nations.
Dhaka’s transient two-paragraph assertion didn’t point out Kashmir in any respect, sustaining the 2 leaders mentioned the coronavirus disaster and floods in Bangladesh.
Pakistan’s eight-paragraph assertion mentioned Prime Minister Imran Khan “shared Pakistan’s perspective” on Kashmir and “careworn the significance of peaceable decision”.
The International Ministry mentioned there isn’t any trigger for concern. “Our relationships with Bangladesh are time-tested and historic. We respect their constant stand that Jammu and Kashmir and all its developments are India’s inside issues. It is a stand they’ve all the time taken,” mentioned Ministry of Exterior Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava when requested about developments at a press meet in New Delhi on Friday.
However some overseas coverage specialists are usually not satisfied.
“In fact India must be frightened,” mentioned Subir Bhaumik, Kolkata-based analyst and editor of the information portal Japanese Hyperlink. “The way in which the restoration of diplomatic relations has taken place between Bangladesh and Pakistan, the sudden change of temper particularly at a time when India is having hassle with China in Ladakh, smacks of some behind-the-scenes diplomatic manoeuvres,” Mr Bhaumik mentioned.
Of particular concern, he added, is pro-Pakistan voices in Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s workplace, “and Kashmir being raised”.
“Sheikh Hasina has crossed a Laxman Rekha in fairly a decisive manner,” Mr Bhaumik added.
Sources mentioned there was no outreach to India from Bangladesh after the talks with Imran Khan.
Former overseas secretary Krishnan Srinivasan says there isn’t any trigger for alarm. “Two regional prime ministers speaking will not be uncommon. As prime ministers of two Islamic nations, it’s not stunning Kashmir figured of their talks,” he mentioned.
When Jammu and Kashmir’s particular powers granted below Article 370 had been scrapped, Dhaka had taken the stance that it was an inside matter of India.
That was what Dhaka had additionally mentioned in regards to the Citizenship (Modification) Act.
However its International Minister Abdul Moomen cancelled his December go to to Delhi after stating the Citizenship (Modification) Act might weaken India’s historic character as a secular nation.
Mr Moomen additionally acquired New Delhi’s antenna up early July when he met Pakistan’s new envoy to Dhaka.
Some analysts mentioned Islamabad’s voice is louder today than earlier than in Dhaka, even contained in the Prime Minister’s Workplace. One of many alleged pro-Pakistan voices is billionaire businessman Salman Fazlur Rehman, appointed Non-public Sector Trade and Funding Advisor to Sheikh Hasina final 12 months, sources mentioned.
Salman Fazlur Rehman is the vice chairman of the nation’s greatest enterprise conglomerate Beximco.
An American embassy cable launched by WikiLeaks described him as “allegedly certainly one of Bangladesh’s greatest mortgage defaulters”.