Tight security will surround Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf when he arrives in Dhaka today for a three-day visit. Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia's government is extending a warm welcome, including a 100-gun salute. The administration is ignoring calls by several influential groups, including the main opposition party, the Awami League, to boycott General Musharraf, who is accused of being one of the main figures of the 1971 Pakistani military crackdown during Bangladesh's fight for independence, which by independent estimates left at least three million people dead. A committee of anti-fundamentalist organisations has threatened to hold demonstrations and block General Musharraf's convoy. Shariar Kabir, a leader of the committee, said: 'We have appealed to all progressive people to stay away from all ceremonies for Mr Musharraf and declare him an unwanted person in Bangladesh. 'Welcoming a military dictator like him amounts to insulting democratic campaigns in Bangladesh and Pakistan,' he said. Unwilling to take any chances, Dhaka has put in place its 'toughest security arrangements' ever for a visiting dignitary and is deploying the army's Special Security Force round the clock to ensure the safety of General Musharraf's entourage. General Musharraf will be accompanied by Commerce Minister Abdur Razzak Daud, Information Minister Nisar Memon, Environment Minister Shaheba Jamil, junior Foreign Affairs Minister Enamul Huq, other senior government officials and a large business delegation. The official talks between him and Begum Zia will be on the second day of the visit. Two memorandums of understanding will be signed - on cultural co-operation and regular consultation on bilateral issues. A senior government official said: 'The security arrangements will be even tighter than during a visit by US president Bill Clinton in March 2000.' As opposition to the visit gathered momentum, Bangladesh Foreign Secretary, Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury said yesterday that Islamabad would be asked to repay US$4.5 billion (HK$35 billion) for Dhaka's share of assets after the 1971 split and take back 237,000 Pakistanis stranded in Bangladesh. 'We shall discuss all issues of accord and discord,' said Mr Chowdhury, trying to allay public misgivings about Islamabad's refusal to resolve the two highly contentious issues. General Musharraf is the third Pakistani leader to travel to Bangladesh since its secession and the first South Asian leader to visit the mainly Muslim country after Begum Zia's government came to power 10 months ago. He is scheduled to lay wreaths at a memorial for those who were killed in the 1971 war fought by Bangladeshi nationalists with the help of India, Pakistan's rival for many decades. Significantly, he will not fly over India but will take a long, circuitous route via Colombo to reach Dhaka from Islamabad. The deliberate detour underlines tensions between India and Pakistan, who have amassed more than one million troops on their border. General Musharraf will stay overnight in Sri Lanka on his return from Bangladesh on Wednesday. One analyst said: 'Both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are considered to be within the Indian sphere of influence and a high-profile visit by a Pakistani president will not be liked by New Delhi. 'The visit will increase tensions between India and Pakistan.'