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PAKISTAN’S CONTINUED INTERFERENCE IN BANGLADESH

11 May 2016

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Pakistan is constantly interfering in the internal affairs of Bangladesh and especially in the international war crimes trial. Bangladesh is repeatedly urging them to stay away from meddling in its internal affairs.

Pakistan has been expressing their so called “concern” about the trial and brought in six motions in their parliament against the trial since 2013. Pakistan repeated its condemnation of the trial and verdicts in November, 2015 after the execution of Saka Choudhury and Ali Ahsan.
Foreign Ministry of Pakistan again expressed deep concern and anguish on the judgment upholding the death sentence  of Jamaat leader Motiur Rahman Nizami. Pakistan also said that there is a need for reconciliation in Bangladesh in accordance with the spirit of the Tripartite Agreement of April, 1974 which called for a forward-looking approach in matters relating to the events of 1971.

           

Motiur Rahman Nizami, 72, Jamaat’s leader since 2000 and minister in a former Islamist-allied government of 2001-2006, was the leader of the student wing of Jamaat during the war. He also became the leader of  Al-Badr, the pro-Pakistani militia, which killed top professors, writers, doctors and journalists in the most gruesome chapter of the conflicts.  Their bodies were found blindfolded with their hands tied and dumped in the marsh on the outskirts of the capital. He was in jail since 2010 and was sentenced to death by a war crime tribunal in 2014. The final appeal of Nizami was rejected by the Supreme Court clearing the way for his hanging.

           

The State Minister of Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam has urged Pakistan to stay away from the internal affairs of Bangladesh and also urged Islamabad not to misinterpret the 1974 tripartite agreement. The Minister added, by repeating the same words it frustrates Bangladesh like it did in the earlier cases as Bangladesh does not welcome any concern expressed by any foreigners on its internal affairs.

The Liberation War. 1971 Sector Commanders Forum have condemned the statement by Pakistan and have requested the government to take appropriate steps as it is direct attack on the sovereignty and judiciary of an Independent country and it needs permanent solution.

           

Pakistan has been expressing  their so called “concern” about the trial  and brought in six motions in their parliament against the trial since 2013. Pakistan repeated its condemnation of the trial and verdicts in November, 2015 after the execution of Saka Choudhury and Ali Ahsan.  

           

Pakistan is concerned because these Jamaat leaders were stooges of Pakistan and working against the interest of Bangladesh. Pakistan, which is not concerned about executing the Islamic militants in its own country are concerned about proper legal trial and sentencing of the war criminals in Bangladesh. The Acting President of Ekhattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee, ShariarKabir questioned the validity of Tripartite Agreement of 1974 as there was a precondition on that agreement.  According to that the 195 war criminals pardoned by Bangladesh will be tried by Pakistan and the stranded Pakistanis to be taken back. Pakistan itself has violated the agreement without fulfilling the conditions. Kabir added that this agreement was also not adopted in the parliament and there is no mutual obligations to follow the agreement, He is also of the opinion that the status of the High Commissions in both the countries should be downgraded.

             

The Liberation War. 1971 Sector Commanders Forum have condemned the statement by Pakistan and have requested the government to take appropriate steps as it is direct attack on the sovereignty and judiciary of an Independent country and it needs permanent solution.




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