Pak hurt over BD hanging, NA slams

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Urges Bangladesh to stop rubbing salt on past wounds

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 transparency 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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