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Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Abdul Quader Molla was undoubtedly executed because of his loyalty and solidarity with Pakistan in 1971. – File Photo
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Abdul Quader Molla was undoubtedly executed because of his loyalty and solidarity with Pakistan in 1971. – File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Friday expressed ‘deep grief’ and concern over the execution of imprisoned political and religious leader Abdul Quader Molla of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) in Bangladesh.

In a statement, he said executing Molla after a delay of 42 years to the events of 1971 was very unfortunate and tragic and some circles are declaring it a judicial murder.

Molla became the first person to be hanged for his role in the country's bloody 1971 war of independence when he was sent to the gallows at a prison in the capital Dhaka late Thursday.

The South Asian country was rocked by a new wave of deadly violence as Jamaat-i-Islami supporters went on a rampage to vent their fury at the execution.

The Pakistani interior minister said the Jamaat leader was undoubtedly hanged because of his loyalty and solidarity with Pakistan in 1971.

“Till the very end before creation of Bangladesh, he (Molla) remained supporter of a united Pakistan and today every Pakistani is saddened and grieved on his death.”

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said abiding by the demand of international relations, solidarity of international Islamic community and wisdom, conditions and events of the past should be put behind, starting a new era.

“But with this unfortunate incident, an effort is made to revive old wounds of the past.”

“In reality, whenever any country regrettably falls victim to a civil war, then all sides in the conflict resort to violence,” he said.

The minister said it was necessary for peace and brotherhood that strategy of tolerating each other should be adopted in the larger national interest.

Criticising the Bangladesh government, he said, “it would have been better if the Bangladeshi government had shown farsightedness, bigheartedness and magnanimity instead of opening old wounds.”

Comments (23) Closed

rij Dec 13, 2013 09:23pm

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan probably forgot to mention about those 3 million deaths of Bengalis done by Pakistan Army and supervised by Abdul Quader Molla and JI. Are you sad for those deaths ?
It is big heart by Bangladeshi to let Abdul Quader Molla have a trial. This Abdul Quader Molla was nicknamed 'Butcher of Mirpur' in 1971. He does not deserve even a trial, he should be killed without any justice, probably by throwing stone directly.

Arslan Dec 13, 2013 09:26pm

Nisar is sad because Bangladesh executed a mass murderer???

What a pathetic response. Pakistanis should be proud of what Bangladesh did. Law is law, it should not be policitised to favor scum bags of the earth.

irfan baloch Dec 13, 2013 10:25pm

agreed with Nisar a state execution based on sham trial and flimsy "evidence" nothing but state murder by the current Bangladeshi government

Nazir Hussain Dec 13, 2013 10:40pm

Why these statements are coming after he was hanged. Why Pakistan government did not try to bring him to Pakistan after the judgement.

Riaz Dec 13, 2013 11:04pm

Chaudhry saheb ... aren't you and your government opening old wounds by trying General Musharraf for what was absolutely needed in 2007 to save Pakistan? Nawaz government is doing exactly what Hasina's government has done in Bangladesh! Criticizing others is very easy until you look at your own self.

Taimur Malik Dec 13, 2013 11:07pm

I think Pak should have been more vocal and loud in protest and lodge official protest by deporting Bangladesh ambassador or high commision whatever,,, bengal want live in history then we have got some scores to settle for sure and Pak Govt must take some action..

A sgah Dec 13, 2013 11:50pm

He was hanged, not because of his loyalty to Pakistan but because he murdered and raped thousands of people.

Sameer Dec 13, 2013 11:50pm

Still in a state of denial !

H L Dec 14, 2013 12:04am

I m surprised at these calculated comments by Nisar. Well said though.

atif Dec 14, 2013 12:16am

This is their internal matter Mr.Nisar. Please focus on your own "mullas"

Asghar Ahmed Dec 14, 2013 01:28am

Thats what happens to all those who were and are loyal to united Pakistan. Bengali govt have made a huge mistake i am sure now there would be a backlash,

Asif Dec 14, 2013 01:29am

He was not hanged for supporting Pakistan, but for murder. "Deeply aggrieved" !!! talk about yourself only. Also we are waiting to hear of progress on the long overdue hanging of Mumtaz Qadri.

Sarfaraz Dec 14, 2013 02:25am

Enough of interfering in others internal affairs. Don't pet this attitude of giving statements in other nation's internal affairs.

kirther Dec 14, 2013 03:26am

Bangladesh has set a good example of how to treat traitors and particularly political leaders who exploit religion for their political motives. Unfortunately in Pakistan political/religious leaders who have exploited and defamed Islam are roaming about freely. All those people who love Pakistan must understand that religious extremism has put Pakistan on the course of destruction and the current political leadership is contributing significantly in keeping Pakistan on that course. Movement initiated by religious political parties, PNA created the situation confronting the nation today, where traitors and corrupt political leadership are at the helm of the affairs. lawlessness and corruption of the highest order is being justified in the name of Islam and democracy. Muslims living in Western countries are able to practice their faith more freely and in much better way. The present political set-up consisting of family members is perhaps more interested in furthering its business interest rather than national interest and will not hesitate in compromising the very existence of the remaining part of Pakistan.

Mubarak Ali Chaudhary Dec 14, 2013 04:28am

He collaborated in a committing genocide against his own people, he deserved the punishment.

Naeem Syed Dec 14, 2013 04:32am

I will repeat your words "it would have been better if the Bangladeshi government had shown farsightedness, bigheartedness and magnanimity instead of opening old wounds.

yasmeen Dec 14, 2013 06:59am

Its not the hanging of qadir mulla that saddens every Pakistani, its 'Mitti pao' policy of pak leaders that saddens us. Right or wrong, fair or unfair, but one thing is really good about taking up cases from 1971. I.e. they want to look into the misdeeds and try to correct. while we in pakistan still do not know what went wrong, who was responsible for 1971. Bhutto,or mullas,or army. What did Hamood-u-Rehman commision find out. Thats pakistan and that sadden us. BD has courage to sort out an incidence in their history but we dont.

zaman Dec 14, 2013 03:59pm

Don't worry Nisar Ali Khan, we will hang all of them who opposed during our liberation war.

Raihan nabi Dec 14, 2013 04:35pm

We want to make a strong statement to demand punishment for war crimes during Bangladesh

Ali Dec 16, 2013 12:50am

@Raihan nabi: We from Pakistan also support your point of view. Any one who is criminal of humanity should be dealt with like this without any delay. I think the Bangladesh govt should have done it much earlier. All the governments including Pakistan should learn a lesson from this strong decision.

Laeeq,NY Dec 16, 2013 05:49am

Our media is posing that this mullah was hanged because of loyalty to Pakistan. This is deceiving the nation by ignoring the facts that Bengali women were raped and mens were tortured and killed. We need to present real pictures of the nature of these crimes not to defend the people who were rapist and murderers.

mkb Dec 16, 2013 01:19pm

@Asghar Ahmed: Do not worry. It is a cleanising process. who over they are will met same fate as mulla.

Assad Dec 16, 2013 10:39pm

@zaman: Pretty soon militancy will be rampant in BD if you get arrogant and overplay your hand.