It seems that Bangladesh has found a friend in India, where the old relationship has seemed to strengthen with recent events, benefitting both countries. On Saturday, a ‘historic’ land pact to swap territories was sealed, which will finally allowed tens of thousands of people living in border enclaves to choose their nationality after decades of stateless limbo. Foreign secretaries of the two nations signed a protocol and exchanged instruments of ratification to make operational, the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) in the presence of visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladeshi premier Sheikh Hasina. The bus service connecting the Bangladeshi capital with four eastern India cities was also inaugurated, as part of a raft of deals the two countries are expected to sign to deepen bilateral ties.

What is interesting to see regarding this pact, is the history that has led to it, and the repercussions it would have, especially for Pakistan. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has always been mindful of Indian security interests, where even in 2009, when she first came to power; she handed over scores of top United Liberation Front of Asom leaders, who had made their base in Bangladesh, back to Indian authorities. Moreover, she cracked down on Jihadi Islamic groups and ensured that Pakistan’s spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence, did not get a hook in Bangladesh. Modi has also been persistent regarding the settling of untied strings, where despite blatant opposition by the state unit of BJP in Assam regarding the exchange of territory, he made sure that it went through. Moreover, he is also confident over a future pact regarding the sharing of river water, between the two counties.

Bangladeshi authorities, have also made sure nothing unexpected happens when India tours Bangladesh, where they have shut down an Islamic seminary next to a cricket stadium in Dhaka and forbidden provocative banners ahead of the Indian team’s arrival. The Bangladesh Cricket Board security chief stated that the madrassa was told to shut “as part of additional security measures” for the Indian cricketers, who arrive in Dhaka on Monday to play the test match and three one-day internationals.

With Delhi and Dhaka working out better ways to ensure that there is no indiscriminate firing along the over 4,000 kilometers of porous border between the two countries, both countries having an unsettling history with Pakistan, the former showing unashamed aggression towards us, while the latter a victim of our systematic injustice. The question that should come across our minds is that, should we be a little apprehensive? India also needs reflect on its own actions towards Pakistan and its will for war and peace. If it can diplomatically resolve its problems with Bangladesh, why has it been so hell bent on making matters worse with Pakistan?