Turkey makes guarded comment on Mir Quasem’s execution

Turkey-Meer-Kasem-ReactionDaily Dhaka Times/bdnews24  : The Turkish foreign ministry in a statement posted on its website said on Sunday it had learnt with “sorrow” the execution of Mir Quasem, the chief financier and policymaker of Jamaat-e-Islami.

“We stress once again that the wounds of the past cannot be healed with these methods and hope that this wrong practice will not lead to separation among the brotherly people of Bangladesh,” the statement concluded.

The International Crimes Tribunal handed down the maximum penalty to him for torturing freedom fighters to death as Chittagong’s Al-Badr commander. The Jamaat-e-Islami sided with Pakistan to oppose Bangladesh in 1971 Liberation War.

Mir Quasem was hanged at 10:30pm on Saturday only after he exhausted all legal options.

Islamabad also reacted to the execution and offered “deepest condolences” to the bereaved family members.

Turkey had earlier called its ambassador in Dhaka to Ankara for consultation following the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami in May. President Tayyip Erdogan had condemned the execution.

Dhaka also retaliated by calling back its ambassador in Ankara for consultation.

Three months after his return to the assignment on Aug 12, Ambassador Devrim Ozturk, however, explained that this gesture was “just against the capital punishment” as Turkey had abolished it.

“We did not have any intention to interfere in your domestic matters,” he had said.

By that time, Turkey’s Islamist government, however, barely survived a failed coup attempt, which is believed to be the reason for softening up tone on the war crimes trial. Source : bdnews24

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