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PAKISTAN SPREADING ANTI BANGLADESH NETWORK

15 Feb 2016

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On 20th April, 2009 a case was filed in the court of Judicial Magistrate, Faridpur against Abul Kalam Azad, known as Bacchu Razakar, for torturing, killing and other crimes against humanity during the liberation war. He has been absconding since then.

Pakistan is yet to accept the reality of Bangladesh snatching independence from it and is continuing its anti-Bangladesh activities. The recent statement after the execution of SAKA/Ahasan is direct interference in the internal affairs of another independent country. The statement that there was no genocide during liberation war is not only provocative but also builds negativity in relations between the two countries. After independence, till February 1974, Bangladesh had no diplomatic relations with Pakistan, and Pakistan was compelled to recognise Bangladesh before the IOC convention at Lahore.
The International Crime Tribunal has issued a warrant of arrest on 3rd April,2012 for his crimes and then a subsequent judgment for his execution on January, 2013. Before the pronouncement of the judgment, it is said, he left Bangladesh in April, 2012 for Pakistan via Hilli border.  As per Bangladeshi intelligence reports, he has been sheltered by Jamaat e Islam of Pakistan and has visited many European countries for creating opinion against the Tribunal. The ICT has sought the help of Interpol for the return of Bacchu Razakar.

 

Pakistan is not only sheltering anti Bangladeshi people, but is also spreading its spy network throughout Bangladesh. The Pakistan High Commission official Mazhar Khan and another employee Farina Arshad were expelled from Bangladesh in February and December 2015 respectively, for established links with terrorist activities.  Recently two Pakistani nationals Muhammad Rehman and the Personal Assistant of High Commission Press Counsellor were arrested by Bangladesh police. While the PA was released on an undertaking but Rehman was taken into remand by police. Rehman confessed his entry from Karachi six months back and to have links with High Commission officials. In addition to these people there are many more Pakistani nationals that have been arrested by the security agencies of Bangladesh for fake currency racket and link with other subversive activities.

 

Pakistan is yet to accept the reality of Bangladesh snatching independence from it and is continuing its anti-Bangladesh activities. The recent statement after the execution of SAKA/Ahasan is direct interference in the internal affairs of another independent country. The statement that there was no genocide during liberation war is not only provocative but also builds negativity in relations between the two countries. After independence, till February 1974, Bangladesh had no diplomatic relations with Pakistan, and Pakistan was compelled to recognise Bangladesh before the IOC convention at Lahore.

The relation between Pakistan and Bangladesh started developing after the brutal killing of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on 15th August, 1975. The reason behind the development is the assurance given by Jamaat and some other parties to help Indian insurgents by using Bangladesh soil. The same activities continued during the rule of Ziaur Rahman and H. M. Ershad but stopped in 1996 when Sk. Hasina came to power. The activities of Pakistan were resumed when their trusted Jamaat was a coalition partner in the government in 2001.

 

The relation between Pakistan and Bangladesh started developing after the brutal killing of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on 15th August, 1975.  The reason behind the development is the assurance given by Jamaat and some other parties to help Indian insurgents by using Bangladesh soil.  The same activities continued during the rule of Ziaur Rahman and H. M. Ershad but stopped in 1996 when Sk. Hasina came to power. The activities of Pakistan were resumed when their trusted Jamaat was a coalition partner in the government in 2001.

 

In the present situation, for trial of the war criminals to continue in a fair manner, many think tanks are of the opinion that diplomatic relations between the two countries should be downgraded.  Bangladesh should ask Pakistan for the trial of 195 army personnel whom they have taken back after giving an undertaking that they would do so, and also return Bangladesh’s. Bangladesh  can also approach United Nations  for expediting the trial by Pakistan government.




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