Turkey feels pains of executed BD Islamist

TURKEY on Thursday recalled its ambassador to Bangladesh for consultations after strongly protesting the execution of top leader of Jamaat-e-Islami. Echoing deep anguish of his people, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a speech in Ankara, remarked “I condemn the mentality that sentences to death a Mujahid, who is over the age of 70 and who we believe has no earthly sin”.
There has been worldwide reaction to this gross injustice to JI leaders in Bangladesh but the initiative of President Erdogan has earned him more respect not only among Muslim world but also the entire just-minded humanity. It is, however, regrettable that the European Union, which speaks against death sentences in Pakistan has kept mysterious mum over jaundiced trial and executions in BD. Though Pakistan has also summoned the BD envoy and lodged a protest but we believe this is short of expectations of people of Pakistan. Public sentiment is running high on the issue and the Government should respond to the situation in accordance with the aspirations of people. Mere lodging of protest would not produce the desired result and the authorities concerned, in close consultations with Turkey, should firm up a strategy to effectively raise the issue at all available platforms in the world. A beginning should be made by raising the issue at the OIC forum and possibility of taking it to the International Court of Justice and UN Human Rights Council, may also be explored.

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