SA communities never can say sorry to each other. The reasons are complex but mostly to do with some version of “he started it.” Since the pathways of history can never be accurately traced (or as conspiracy theorists are apt to say, intentionally muddied) it is never really clear who started it.
1971 is fairly recent history, so there should be no confusion as to who started it. Nevertheless the history has been successfully muddied and the actual victims’ voices have never been heard properly. I suppose this has to do with the ambiguity that Bangladesh itself faces on this matter. There is a large Bangla population (allied with the Jamaat and part of the Khaleda Zia coalition) who never reconciled with the decision to de-link from the mother country. Indian boorishness over many petty details (and few important ones) probably also played a part.
Regardless, Pakistan has made its stand clear. Also next year (Jan 2014) Khaleda Madam will be back in the saddle. There will be no need to travel the hard road and say the hard word.
Dipu Moni made the request during a meeting in Dhaka with Pakistan’s Hina Rabbani Khar following previous discussions about the issue between the two countries, said Bangladesh’s Foreign Secretary Mijarul Quayes. “The foreign minister has raised the 1971 issue and expected that Pakistan would apologise at one stage,” Quayes told reporters after the meeting.
“The Pakistani foreign minister said that they have regretted in different forms in the past and that it was time to move forward,” Quayes said.