Pakistan urged to apologise for war atrocities

A senior Bangladeshi official has urged Pakistan to formally apologise for alleged atrocities and acts of genocide by the Pakistani military during the independence war in 1971.

Foreign Affairs Minister Dipu Moni made the demand in a meeting with Pakistan's new envoy to Bangladesh.

Bangladesh, then the eastern wing of Pakistan, won its independence with help from India in 1971 after a nine-month war.

Bangladesh says Pakistani soldiers, aided by local collaborators, killed an estimated three million people, raped about 200,000 women and forced millions to flee their homes. Pakistan has disputed the allegations. AP

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