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India terms Bangla media reports on defence pact `imaginary`

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 20:59

Dhaka: India on Tuesday rejected as "imaginary"
Bangladeshi media reports which claimed that the two countries
were planning to sign a bilateral defence pact.

"These reports are totally untrue. The reports are
speculative and imaginary. There is no proposal to conclude a
Defence Agreement under consideration," a spokesman of the
Indian High Commission here said in a statement.

The statement came in the wake of reports here about the
"proposal to conclude Defence Agreement between Bangladesh and

Rightwing `Naya Diganta` newspaper had carried a report
two days back, claiming that Dhaka and New Delhi were
pondering about a long-term defence pact.

Referring to the report, former prime minister Khaleda
Zia`s main opposition BNP`s secretary general Khondker Delwar
yesterday said the proposed pact was "unnecessary" and it
would not be acceptable.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 20:59
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