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BD strongly protests Pak remarks on war criminals' execution
Observer Online Desk
Published :Monday, 23 November, 2015,  Time : 3:37 PM  View Count : 54
The government on Monday formally lodged a strongly-worded protest with Pakistan for its remarks on Sunday's execution of two war criminals who sided with the Pakistan occupation forces committing atrocities against pro-liberation people.

Pakistani High Commissioner in Dhaka Shuja Alam who was summoned on Sunday evening, met Foreign Secretary (Bilateral and Consular) Mizanur Rahman on Monday.

Mizanur Rahman formally handed over a protest note to the envoy who arrived at the Foreign Ministry at 2:30pm. The meeting continued till 3pm.

On Sunday Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued expressing 'deep concern and anguish' over the execution of war criminals Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojaheed.

Protesting Pakistan’s statement over two war criminals’ execution, the government, earlier on Sunday evening, said Pakistan has no moral right to poke its nose into Bangladesh’s internal affairs.

“Pakistan has no moral right to give any opinion on our internal affairs,” State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam told UNB over phone.

Earlier, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs reacted over war criminals execution.

“Pakistan is deeply disturbed at this development,” said the spokesperson of the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement on the execution.

The spokesperson said they have noted with deep concern and anguish the ‘unfortunate executions’ of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mojaheed.

“As emphasized earlier, we’ve also been noting the reaction of the international community on the flawed trials in Bangladesh related to events of 1971,” the statement reads.

It said there is a need for reconciliation in Bangladesh in accordance with the spirit of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan Agreement of 9th April 1974.

“The Agreement calls for a forward looking approach in matters relating to 1971. This would foster goodwill and harmony,” the statement mentioned.

Salauddin and Mojaheed were hanged in the early hours of Sunday for the war crimes they committed during the 1971 Liberation War.

This is not the first time that Pakistan has voiced concern over the trial of 1971 war criminals.

In December 2013, Pakistan foreign ministry issued a statement, and Pakistan National Assembly and Punjab Provincial
Assembly adopted resolutions over the execution of war criminal Quader Mollah, prompting Dhaka to lodge a formal protest with the Pakistan high commissioner to Bangladesh.


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