Pak­istan sum­mons...

Pakistan Observer - - IN­TER­NA­TIONAL -

protest at the un­for­tu­nate hang­ing of Ja­maat-e-Is­lami (JI)’s head in the coun­try.”

Motiur Rah­man Nizami, 71, was hanged at a Dhaka prison af­ter he re­fused to ap­peal for clemency against the death sen­tence handed down fol­low­ing his con­vic­tion for geno­cide and other war crimes dur­ing the 1971 war.

The ex­e­cu­tion was made on the al­leged crimes com­mit­ted be­fore De­cem­ber 1971 through a flawed ju­di­cial process, the For­eign Of­fice said in a state­ment.

It went on add that the at­tempts by the gov­ern­ment of Bangladesh to ma­lign Pak­istan, de­spite Pak­istan’s keen de­sire to de­velop broth­erly re­la­tions with the coun­try, are re­gret­table.

The of­fice said the 1974 Tri­par­tite Agree­ment is the cor­ner­stone of re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

It needs to be em­pha­sised that, as part of the agree­ment, the gov­ern­ment of Bangladesh had “de­cided not to pro­ceed with the tri­als as an act of clemency,” it added.

It main­tained Pak­istan re­it­er­ates its de­sire for friendly re­la­tions with Bangladesh.

On Wed­nes­day, Pak­istan said it was ‘deeply sad­dened’ on the hang­ing, terming it also un­for­tu­nate for the peo­ple of Bangladesh who had elected Nizami as their rep­re­sen­ta­tive in par­lia­ment.

It held the stance that the “act of sup­press­ing the op­po­si­tion by killing their lead­ers through flawed tri­als was com­pletely against the spirit of democ­racy.”

Nizami was the fifth high­est-ranked op­po­si­tion and fourth leader of the JI to have been ex­e­cuted since Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Hasina set up a war crimes tri­bunal to look into al­leged abuses dur­ing the in­de­pen­dence war.

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