HC Deb 30 November 1972 vol 847 c215W
Mr. Powell

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what dates, in the view of Her Majesty's Government, Pakistan ceased and Bangladesh commenced to be a Commonwealth country.

Lord Balniel

In our view the dates are 30th January, 1972, when President Bhutto announced Pakistan's withdrawal from the Commonwealth "with immediate effect"; and 18th April, 1972 when the Commonwealth Secretary-General announced that Bangladesh had become a member of the Commonwealth.

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