Bangladesh asks Pak to apologise for 1971 atrocities SOURCE: PTI Bangladesh today demanded a formal apology from Pakistan for the genocide committed by its troops during the 1971 liberation war, but Islamabad said itâ€™s time to carry forward ties â€œburying the pastâ€. During a meeting with her Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar, foreign minister Dipu Moni said â€œBangladesh expects an apology from Pakistan for the genocide carried out by their troops in 1971â€. Mrs Moni also underscored the need for resolving the other outstanding issues with Pakistan, foreign secretary Mijarul Quayes quoted the minister as saying. In response, Mr Quayes said, the Pakistani foreign minister said since 1974 Islamabad â€œat different times and different manners expressed its regret for the 1971 incidentsâ€. â€œShe (Khar) said it is now the time to proceed forward burying the past.â€ Mr Quayesâ€™s comments came as Mrs Moni told a private news agency yesterday that Pakistan must apologise for the mass killings. Ms Khar, the first Pakistani minister to visit Dhaka since the ruling Awami League assumed office three years ago, arrived here on a five-hour tour to invite Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to attend the Developing-8 Summit to be held in Islamabad on 22 November. Ms Khar later called on Mrs Hasina and handed over an invitation letter from Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari at her Ganabhaban official residence. She is also expected to meet main Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief and ex-premier Khaleda Zia ahead of her departure. Bangladesh was the eastern wing of Pakistan until 1971 when it won its independence after a nine-month long liberation war against Pakistani troops. The incumbent government has been demanding Islamabadâ€™s official apology for the Pakistani troopsâ€™ atrocities during the liberation war.