Bangladesh protests Pakistan reaction

Foreign bdDaily Dhaka Times/BSS : Bangladesh government has conveyed its strong protest against the press release published in the web site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan on September 3, 2016 on the execution of Mir Quasem Ali, a convict of crimes against humanity and genocide in Bangladesh.

Islamabad’s reaction over condemned 1971 war criminal and Jamaat-e-Islami moneyman Mir Quasem Ali’s overnight execution, summoning their acting high commissioner.

Additional foreign secretary (bilateral) Qamrul Ahsan summoned Pakistani envoy Samina Mehtab and conveyed her Dhaka’s strong protest against the Islamabad reaction on Quasem’s execution.

“The opinion that Pakistan gave over the execution of Mir Quasem Ali was entirely tantamount to interference in Bangladesh’s internal affairs,” Ahsan told newsmen after the envoy left the foreign office. He said Dhaka told Islamabad that Ali’s trial “took place in a very transparent manner in front of everybody”.

“(We told the envoy) he (Quasem) had scopes to appeal against the judgment and he exhausted the scopes. The apex court thought he deserved the punishment what he was handed down as he took part in the genocides in 1971,” the additional foreign secretary said.

Bangladesh-PakistanOfficials familiar with the summon process said after reaching the foreign office, Mehtab was escorted to the additional foreign secretary’s chamber at 3.15 pm while she came out at 3.35 pm.

“Nothing much to say,” she told newsmen as they approached her for comments after coming out of Ahsan’s room.

Later, Bangladesh foreign office, issued a statement immediately after the summon saying, Mehtab was given a note verbale that pointed out that Islamabad “repeatedly” took side of convicted Bangladeshi perpetrators of crimes against humanity and genocide.

“Pakistan has once again acknowledged its direct involvement and complicity with the mass atrocity crimes committed during Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971 . . . So doing, it is also relentlessly opposing Bangladesh’s efforts to ensure justice and break the culture of impunity for the crimes committed forty five years ago,” the statement read.

It said Bangladesh strongly rejects Pakistan’s claim that these are ‘recriminations for political gains’ as Ali was tried for specific crimes he had committed during the 1971 Liberation War. The note said that the International Crimes Tribunal, Bangladesh (ICT-BD) trial took solely into consideration the crimes committed by Ali against humanity in 1971and it was “not at all based on his political identity or affiliation”.

“It was made clear to Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan that to the people of Bangladesh he was the General Secretary of Islami Chhatra Sangha (Jamaat’s the then student wing) . . . and also the third-in-command of the infamous Al Badr militia force in 1971,” the statement read.

It recalled that Al Badr force cooperated with the Pakistani occupation force in committing various crimes against humanity and “gained particular notoriety for executing the prominent progressive Bengali intellectuals”.

“By opposing the ICT-BD verdicts and the executions, Pakistan has blatantly dishonoured the sentiment of the people of Bangladesh and the spirit of the Liberation War of 1971, which are the basic premise of Bangladesh’s nationhood,” it said.
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The statement said the Pakistani envoy was reminded that Pakistan continued to present a “misleading, limited and partial interpretation of the underlying premise” the 1974 Tripartite Agreement as its essential spirit was to create an environment of good neighbourliness and peaceful co-existence for ushering in long term stability and shared prosperity in the region.

Even after the 1974 agreement until the end of 1975, a large number of Bangladeshi war criminals were in different jails of Bangladesh facing trials, and Pakistan had never expressed its concerns by relating those trials with 1974 Agreement.
After executions of all the six, Islamabad issued nearly identical statements sparking massive outrages in the country which was East Pakistan until the Pakistan troops launched a crackdown on unarmed people on the night of March 25, 1971.

The 63 year-old Mir Quasem Ali, a senior leader of Jamaat-e-Islami that opposed the 1971 independence was hanged at 10.35 pm last night.

Immediately after the execution, Pakistan foreign ministry issued statement saying “the act of suppressing the opposition, through ‘flawed trials’, is completely against the spirit of democracy”. Source : BSS

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