Pak not to sit silent on BD hangings

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Will raise issue with UNHCR, important Capitals: Sartaj

Zahid Chaudhary

Islamabad—Pakistan has decided not to remain silent on the issue of hangings of elderly leaders of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and decided to raise the issue with the United Nations Human Rights and other countries.
Responding to the concerns expressed by the members in the Senate on Friday, Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan wanted cordial relations with Bangladesh but the policies of incumbent government there are hurdle in this regard.
Sartaj hoped that Bangladesh would reconsider its flawed policies as the voices are being raised not only in the Islamic world but also the international community against human rights violations and judicial murders of Jamaat-e-Islami.
He said the executions of Jamaat-e-Islami leaders are continuing over the past two to three years. Out of the 12 leaders of JI, five have been executed while four are still under trial. Statements are emanating from different countries including the European Union and the United States against these executions.
Motiur Rahman Nizami, the 73-year-old head of Bangladesh’s largest Islamist party, was executed early Wednesday. “These executions are in violation of the agreement reached amongst Pakistan, Bangladesh and India in 1974 that they would forget the past and move forward,” Sartaj said.
The advisor said opponents are being targeted in Bangladesh for political purpose and the international community should take notice of it. He said Pakistan has already lodged strong protest with the Bangladeshi ambassador in Islamabad and also handed him down the condemnation resolutions passed by the National Assembly and the Punjab Assembly. He advised the Bangladeshi government to refrain from this path as it is not in their interest.
Leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq in his remarks said that still a large number of Bangladeshi people have special love and affection for Pakistan and the Bangladeshi regime wants to eliminate all those people. Condemning the judicial murder of Nizami, he said the Muslims countries should sit together to get this persecution and tyranny in Bangladesh.
Other members appreciated the government of Turkey for taking a bold stance on the matter and withdrawing its ambassador from the country in protest against the judicial murder of the Jamaat-e-Islami leader. They said Pakistan should also adopt a bold stance on the matter, adding that Nizami was hanged only for expressing solidarity and loyalty with Pakistan when there was no existence of Bangladesh. They said actually the traitors were those who supported the disintegration of Pakistan with the connivance of India.

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