Published by Seth Oldmixon on March 10, 2016

Bangladesh: Escaping the Shadow of Pakistan

Bangladesh Awami League supporters protest with anti-Pakistan placards in Dhaka on December 23, 2013. The activists demonstrated against Pakistan's reaction over the execution of Abdul Quader Molla, a top Islamist leader convicted of war crimes. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN        (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The diplomatic row between Bangladesh and Pakistan is about more than opening old wounds from 45 years ago – it is about the threat to pluralistic democracy in South Asia posed by Pakistan’s security policies and their reliance on Islamist extremist groups.

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Photo credit: MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images