Published On: Thu, Dec 19th, 2013
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Mollah execution row: Pakistan stresses Bangladesh to avoid conflict

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Islamabad: Foreign Office spokesman has said that Bangladesh is our neighbouring Islamic country and Pakistan wants to strengthen ties with it.

In a statement‚ he said that both Pakistan and Bangladesh should avoid from blame game and try to strengthen their relations further.

A day after Pakistan’s lower house of parliament passed a resolution condemning the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Molla, Bangladesh’s ministry of foreign affairs on Tuesday summoned Pakistan’s top envoy in Dhaka to register its protest.

“This House expresses deep concern on hanging of a veteran politician of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh for supporting Pakistan in 1971,” Pakistan National Assembly resolution said.

The House expressed grief and sorrow with the bereaved family and demanded to avoid reviving the wounds of 1971 and amicably resolve cases against Bangladeshi leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami.

JI leader Mollah was executed on Thursday for genocide during Bangladesh’s 1971 liberation war, hours after the Supreme Court rejected his review petition.

Pakistan High Commissioner Afrasiab Mehdi Hashmi was summoned on Tuesday evening to meet foreign ministry secretary Mostafa Kamal.

“The war crimes trials are an internal matter,” Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali told reporters.

Denouncing “uncalled for resolutions” on the verdicts of the war crimes trials in Pakistan, Ali said “it is tantamount to interference in our domestic affairs.”

The foreign minister insisted that Pakistan had acted beyond diplomatic norms in adopting the resolution.

“The trial of the war criminals will go on. No international conspiracy will be able to obstruct it,” he said.
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