Themorningbellbd.com desk, May 11: The Pakistan government on Wednesday termed the execution of top war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami as ‘unfortunate.’
Earlier on May 9, the Bangladesh government had summoned Pakistan High Commissioner (HC) to Bangladesh Shuja Alam and lodged a strong protest not to interfere in Bangladesh’s internal affairs.
Mizanur Rahman, Secretary (bilateral) at the foreign ministry, also handed over a protest note when High Commissioner Shuja Alam met him at the foreign ministry.
However, Pakistan’s foreign ministry on Wednesday floated a statement on their website and said, “Execution of Mr Moti-Ur-Rehman Nizami, Ameer of Jamat-E-Islami, Bangladesh(2016-05-11) Pakistan is deeply saddened over the hanging of the Ameer of Jamat-e-Islami Bangladesh, Mr. Moti-ur-Rehman Nizami, for the alleged crimes committed before December 1971. His only sin was upholding the constitution and laws of Pakistan.”
“The act of suppressing the opposition by killing their leaders through flawed trials is completely against the spirit of democracy. The execution is also unfortunate for the people of Bangladesh who had elected Mr. Nizami as their representative in the Parliament,” the statement read.
According to the statement, “Ever since the beginning of the trials, several international organizations, human rights groups and international legal figures have raised objections to the court proceedings, especially regarding fairness and transparency, as well as reported harassment of lawyers and witnesses representing the accused. The international community has objected to the steps taken by Government of Bangladesh to impose restrictions on the independence of judiciary.”
“As part of the 1974 Tripartite Agreement, the Government of Bangladesh “decided not to proceed with the trials as an act of clemency”. The Government of Bangladesh therefore should uphold its commitments as per the Agreement,” it further added.
Pakistan offers condolences to the bereaved family members and the followers of Mr. Nizami, the statement read.