Pak hurt over BD hang­ing, NA slams

Urges Bangladesh to stop rub­bing salt on past wounds

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ZAHID CHAUDHARY ISLAMABAD —Pak­istan Wed­nes­day said it was deeply sad­dened over the hang­ing of Ameer Ja­mat e Is­lami Bangladesh Moti ur Rehman Nizami for the al­leged crimes com­mit­ted be­fore De­cem­ber 1971 and termed it against the spirit of democ­racy.

His only sin was up­hold­ing the con­sti­tu­tion and laws of Pak­istan, For­eign Of­fice said in a state­ment.

The act of sup­press­ing the op­po­si­tion by killing their lead­ers through flawed tri­als is com­pletely against the spirit of democ­racy.

The For­eign Of­fice said the ex­e­cu­tion was also un­for­tu­nate for the peo­ple of Bangladesh who had elected Nizami as their rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the Par­lia­ment.

Pak­istan of­fers con­do­lences to the be­reaved fam­ily mem­bers and the fol­low­ers of Nizami, For­eign Of­fice said.

The state­ment pointed that ever since the be­gin­ning of tri­als several in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions hu­man rights groups and in­ter­na­tional le­gal fig­ures have raised ob­jec­tions to the court pro­ceed­ings.

They par­tic­u­larly men­tioned the fair­ness and transpar-

ency as well as re­ported ha­rass­ment of lawyers and wit­nesses rep­re­sent­ing the ac­cused.

The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity has ob­jected to the steps taken by Govern­ment of Bangladesh to im­pose re­stric­tions on the in­de­pen­dence of ju­di­ciary, it said.

The For­eign Of­fice said as part of the 1974 Tri­par­tite Agree­ment the Govern­ment of Bangladesh de­cided not to pro­ceed with the tri­als as an act of clemency .

The Govern­ment of Bangladesh there­fore should up­hold its com­mit­ments as per the Agree­ment, the For­eign Of­fice said.

Mean­while, the Na­tional As­sem­bly on Wed­nes­day passed a res­o­lu­tion voic­ing se­ri­ous con­cerns over the ex­e­cu­tion of Ja­maat-e-Is­lami leader Motiur Rehman Nizami in Bangladesh.

The res­o­lu­tion moved by Min­is­ter for De­fense Pro­duc­tion Rana Tanveer said de­spite ob­jec­tions by in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights or­ga­ni­za­tions over war crimes law passed by Bangladeshi govern­ment, it is con­demnable that their ju­di­ciary con­tin­ues to pass judg­ments con­trary to jus­tice and hu­man rights.

The house in its res­o­lu­tion fur­ther stated that it is a mat­ter of con­cern that the lead­ers of Ja­maat-e-Is­lami are be­ing ex­e­cuted for those events which hap­pened be­fore the cre­ation of Bangladesh. “In the ju­di­cial ver­dicts base­less al­le­ga­tions were lev­eled while us­ing the name of Pak­istan”.

The res­o­lu­tion said the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity has also voiced con­cerns over the curbs im­posed by the Bangladeshi govern­ment on the ju­di­ciary. “The only sin of Motiur Rehman Nizami was that he en­dorsed and sup­ported the con­sti­tu­tion and law of Pak­istan”, the res­o­lu­tion said adding that the po­lit­i­cal vic­tim­iza­tion in Bangladesh is in se­ri­ous and clear vi­o­la­tion of 1974 agree­ment signed between Pak­istan, In­dia and Bangladesh.

The res­o­lu­tion said that the peo­ple of Bangladesh had elected Nizami as mem­ber of the par­lia­ment with heavy votes.

The res­o­lu­tion asked the govern­ment to raise the vic­tim­iza­tion of po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents and hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions in Bangladesh at the United Na­tions, other world fo­rums and Is­lamic and fra­ter­nal coun­tries in or­der to get these stopped as these amount to rub­bing salt on the wounds of past.

The House reaf­firmed the re­solve that Pak­istan de­sires strong broth­erly re­la­tions with Bangladesh but the de­ci­sions of Bangladeshi govern­ment are not only af­fect­ing these re­la­tions but are also re­sult­ing in widen­ing gulf amongst the Mus­lim Ummah.

“The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion de­mands that steps are taken to­wards pro­mo­tion of har­mony and broth­er­hood at all lev­els.”

On points of or­der, Sahibzada Tariqul­lah, Shaista Per­vaiz and Shah Mah­mood Qureshi con­demned the ex­e­cu­tion of Ja­maat-e-Is­lami leader Motiur Rah­man Nizami. They were of the view that the ex­e­cu­tion is a ju­di­cial mur­der and vi­o­la­tion of hu­man rights.

Mah­mood Khan Achakzai pro­posed that a par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee should be formed which should visit Bangladesh in co­or­di­na­tion with the For­eign Of­fice for talk on the is­sue.

Min­is­ter for Rail­ways Khawaja Saad Rafique said the ex­e­cu­tions of po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents in Bangladesh is a se­ri­ous is­sue caus­ing em­bar­rass­ment for the Pak­istani na­tion. He said those who were ex­e­cuted did not vi­o­late the law and con­sti­tu­tion of the United Pak­istan. He said im­me­di­ate steps are needed to stop these ex­e­cu­tions in BD with the co­op­er­a­tion of other Is­lamic coun­tries. Saad Rafique said Bangladesh govern­ment is sow­ing thorns in re­la­tions between Pak­istan and BD through such steps.

Ja­maat-e-Is­lami party pres­i­dent Motiur Rah­man Nizami was hanged at Dhaka’s Cen­tral Jail late Tues­day, af­ter the top court up­held his death sen­tence for al­leged in­volve­ment in mas­sacre of in­tel­lec­tu­als dur­ing the 1971 war. At the out­set of the pro­ceed­ings, the Na­tional As­sem­bly of­fered Fateha for the de­parted soul.

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