Muhith sees little possibility of realizing claims from Pakistan

Staff Correspondent

Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith do not find any possibility of realizing Bangladesh’s monetary claims from Pakistan until changes of mindset in that country.
‘I can’t predict anything about this, because this needs the psychological change of Pakistan. But I do not know if it would be possible for a rogue country like them,’ Muhith said in Parliament on Monday replying to a query.
He said that Bangladesh always tried to realize the claims from Pakistan. ‘Whenever our delegation meets with their delegation the demand is always placed,’ he said.
Referring to the wealth distribution between India and Pakistan after the partition in 1947, Muhith said that there was a referee who did not take anyone’s side.
He said that when the diplomatic relations established between the two countries, Bangladesh started to place the claims. ‘I was the chairman of a committee (to discuss the claims),’ he added.
Recalling the first visit of the then Pakistani prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, he said, ‘Our the then prime minister Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman placed the claims strongly and I was the member of that delegation.’
He said that Bhutto did not respond to that claim. ‘He refused to discuss anything with us regarding that claim.’
The Finance Minister, however, said that later the discussions regarding the claim were held. ‘OIC helped us and the discussions started,’ he said.
But he mentioned that the discussions never went far as Pakistan never admitted our claims. ‘This is the character of Pakistan.’
The government, earlier, claimed that Pakistan owes Tk 18,000 crores to Bangladesh in heads like donations and reserve.

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