The summit between Bhutto and Indra Gandhi opened in Simla at the set time. The Summit was held from 28 June to 2 July 1972. The objective of the agreement was to define the measures envisaged to normalize bilateral relations and settle mutual disputes through peaceful means and bilateral negotiations. India wanted to solve all the problems in one package, so it proposed a treaty of friendship obliging the two countries to renounce the use of force in the event of a dispute, not to interfere in each other`s personal internal affairs, not to seek interference by third parties in the settlement of their differences and to renounce opposing military alliances. Pakistan wanted to focus on such immediate issues as the release of prisoners of war, the withdrawal of troops and the resumption of diplomatic relations.    It appears that a tacit agreement has been reached in early 1972 on the release of Pakistani prisoners of war since Bhutto quashed the death sentence of Sheikh Mujibur Rehman on January 8, 1972. The Sheikh took over as Prime Minister of Bangladesh on 10 January 1972. The United States proclaimed Bangladesh sovereign on April 4, 1972. This laid the foundation for the Shimla agreement. However, Pakistan officially recognized Bangladesh on 22 February 1974 and China on 31 August 1974. .