NA echoes peo­ple’s sen­ti­ments on BD hang­ings

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIAL & COMMENTS -

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JI leader Motiur Rehman was hanged by the Gov­ern­ment of Bangladesh for his ‘sin’ to sup­port the cause of united Pak­istan in 1971, there was strong re­ac­tion to this pol­icy of per­sonal vendetta not only in the length and breadth of Bangladesh but also Pak­istan. Thou­sands of peo­ple at­tended his fu­neral and par­tic­i­pated in protests held to con­demn the move.

The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity is con­vinced that the charges lev­elled against JI lead­ers in Bangladesh were fab­ri­cated and the trial was noth­ing but sham at­tempt to hood­wink in­ter­na­tional pub­lic opin­ion. Peo­ple of Pak­istan were con­vinced that the lead­er­ship of JI is be­ing per­se­cuted and vic­tim­ized just be­cause they spoke for Pak­istan dur­ing the tur­bu­lence phase of 1971. The feel­ings of peo­ple of Pak­istan were echoed in a strong res­o­lu­tion adopted by the Na­tional Assem­bly, which con­demned the ex­e­cu­tion of Nizami and termed the act a vi­o­la­tion of hu­man rights and against norms of jus­tice. Dur­ing dis­cus­sions, mem­bers rep­re­sent­ing dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal par­ties de­manded of the Gov­ern­ment to take up the is­sue at in­ter­na­tional level and sum­mon BD en­voy to regis­ter a strong protest. We also ap­pre­ci­ate the just and firm stand taken by In­te­rior Min­is­ter Ch Nisar Ali Khan whose ef­forts seem to be bear­ing fruit as the Prime Min­is­ter has asked Min­istries of For­eign Af­fairs and In­te­rior to for­mu­late a re­sponse and pol­icy in close con­sul­ta­tions with PM Sec­re­tariat. BD is try­ing to shield the process of vic­tim­iza­tion by de­scrib­ing it as its in­ter­nal af­fair but vi­o­la­tion of hu­man rights can­not go un­no­ticed in the 21st cen­tury. We hope that just minded mem­bers of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity would also raise their voice against th­ese gross vi­o­la­tions of hu­man rights and elim­i­na­tion of po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents through ju­di­cial machi­na­tions.

THE past few days have been spent by this colum­nist in the United States, in Washington DC, the na­tion’s cap­i­tal. For at least a gen­er­a­tion more, the US will re­main the most con­se­quen­tial coun­try in the world. Af­ter that, should China re­main on a high growth tra­jec­tory, Beijing will re­place Washington as the lead­ing cap­i­tal on the globe. And this is a fac­tor that is gnaw­ing at sev­eral minds in Washington. If there was only a scat­ter of neg­a­tive voices on China twenty years ago, th­ese days such a lack of em­pa­thy for the world’s most pop­u­lous coun­try is widespread within the pol­icy elite. War gam­ing is al­most a daily ac­tiv­ity at the Pen­tagon, and sce­nar­ios where the mil­i­tary of China can pose a threat to its US coun­ter­part are get­ting more fre­quent by the month.

There is a real fear that, for ex­am­ple, the im­mense space ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the US mil­i­tary are be­com­ing vul­ner­a­ble to the Chi­nese. Se­nior fig­ures even spoke of Beijing soon us­ing the moon to set up of­fen­sive ca­pa­bil­i­ties that could neu­tral­ize US as­sets. Over the past decade, the do­mes­tic tech­no­log­i­cal ca­pa­bil­ity of Chi­nese mil­i­tary has de­vel­oped at speed, and un­like In­dia, which still needs to im­port more than 80% of its core de­fence needs, by now China is more than 80% self suf­fi­cient in such sys­tems. In In­dia, there are pow­er­ful lob­bies that en­sure snuff­ing out of in­dige­nous ca­pa­bil­i­ties. An ex­am­ple is

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