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ISLAMABAD: Bilateral relations between Pakistan and Bangladesh received another blow when Bangladeshi government summoned Pakistan's High Commissioner Shuja Alam and lodged strong protest over the statement made by Foreign Office, terming it an interference into internal matters of Bangladesh.

Alam was summoned at the Bangladeshi foreign ministry in Dhaka on Monday to register protest against the statement issued by Islamabad over the executions of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader and Jamaat-e-Islami secretary general — who were both charged with 1971 war crimes.

"Yes, High Commissioner Shuja Alam was called at the foreign ministry," an official at Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka told Dawn.com via phone.

Read: Pakistan deeply disturbed by Bangladesh executions: FO

The official further said that Alam was conveyed displeasure of the Bangladeshi government by acting foreign secretary Meezan-ur-Rehman who said executions in connection with 1971 is the internal matter of Bangladesh.

The protest note handed over to Pakistani envoy said that by openly taking the side of those convicted, Pakistan had once again acknowledged its direct involvement and complicity in the mass crimes committed during the separation.

It said the comments were nothing less than brazen interference in the internal affairs of Bangladesh, which was unacceptable.

“Pakistan should no way make biased, borrowed and unfounded comments about the independent judiciary of a sovereign country,” the note stated.

Bangladesh Junior Foreign Affairs Minister Shahriar Alam said a “strongly worded protest note” was handed to Pakistan's envoy saying the criticism was unacceptable.

Islamabad earlier said the men's trials were flawed and that it was “deeply disturbed” by their executions on Sunday.

Pakistani high commissioner assured the Bangladeshi foreign secretary that he would convey the reaction to foreign ministry in Islamabad.

Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury and Jamaat-e-Islami secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid were hanged at Dhaka Central Jail in the nation's capital on Sunday.

Chowdhury had been convicted on of charges of torture, rape and genocide during the 1971 war, while Mujahid was found guilty on charges of genocide, conspiracy in killing intellectuals, torture and abduction.

"We have noted with deep concern and anguish the unfortunate executions of the Bangladesh National Party Leader, Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mujahid," Foreign Office Spokesman Qazi Khalilullah said in a statement.

The spokesman said Pakistan also took notice of the international community's reaction to the flawed trials in Bangladesh related to the events of 1971.

Jamaat-e-Islami and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party say the trials were politically motivated. Bangaldeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has denied the allegations, but acknowledged that she faced international pressure for trying opposition figures for war crimes.

Human Rights Watch said the tribunal allowed the prosecution to call 41 witnesses, while Chowdhury's defense was limited to four witnesses. The New York-based group said Mujahid was sentenced to death for instigating his subordinates to commit abuses, although no subordinates testified or were identified.

Khalilullah said there is a need for reconciliation in Bangladesh in accordance with the spirit of the Bangladesh, India, Pakistan Agreement of April 9, 1974, which he said calls for a forward-looking approach in matters relating to 1971.

The spokesman addressed hope that such an action would foster goodwill and harmony.


Comments (97) Closed



Zak Nov 23, 2015 06:13pm

Sheikh Hasina govt is anti Pakistan and is a puppet of India

Bikram Thappa Nov 23, 2015 06:16pm

Do more interfere !!

PHILOSOPHER (from Japan) Nov 23, 2015 06:20pm

Very non-professional attitude by BD authorities.

Haseena302 Nov 23, 2015 06:21pm

They have the right to protest. We have military courts in our own country. How can we criticise someone else's judicial process?

jab Nov 23, 2015 06:22pm

Very true... He would have responded same way, if some one would have pointed out about executions in Pakistan , I don't know what point FO wanted to prove...

sana Nov 23, 2015 06:22pm

Pakistan and Bangladesh will enjoy same level of relations as China Pakistan once Hasina Wajid is ousted from power.

Reza Nov 23, 2015 06:24pm

Our weak leadership is the reason why Pakistan loyalists in Bangladesh are being persecuted and judicially murdered. Where are our Human Rights brigade? Where are all the 'liberal' do gooders. Pakistan must see what is happening in Bangladesh today and keep it in its memory for a long, long time.

Asif Nov 23, 2015 06:24pm

Alright Bangladesh it was just a statement

Angry Rottweiler Nov 23, 2015 06:25pm

@PHILOSOPHER (from Japan) what is non professional there its their internal matter

Angry Rottweiler Nov 23, 2015 06:26pm

@Zak she has her right to choose to whom they want to continue their relations you don't have any right to lecture them...

mohammed Nov 23, 2015 06:26pm

We should tell B.D enough is enough not only in B.D but any where in the world all political killing, should never be promoted and we have the right to say what is wrong is WRONG.

Pankaj Nov 23, 2015 06:26pm

@Zak Then why is it your problem?? Its a democratic country, if there is anything wrong then their people will take care of this. Bangladesh is not questioning hundreds of hangings in Pakistan.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist Nov 23, 2015 06:27pm

Bad move on Dhaka's part. To please the Indians, Bangladesh will lose vital & important position that it currently holds in SE Asia.

Mike,London Nov 23, 2015 06:31pm

Bangladesh is secular country with an independent judicial system, they don't need outsiders to tell them how to punish

M Akram Nov 23, 2015 06:35pm

@sana Hopefully she will be Voted out of power by the good people of Bangladesh and may be then Pakistan and Bangladesh can have good friendly relations.

Salim Nov 23, 2015 06:37pm

After 45 years BD suddenly remembered these so called culprits. All these political executions are to please India who likes to interfer every neighbour for example Nepal, Bhotan, Sri Lanka etc.

Abdulla Hussain Nov 23, 2015 06:37pm

From the unfolding events it looks BD is more interested in revenge killing at the behest of its master than upholding justice.

Oz Nov 23, 2015 06:39pm

Interference ? I am really worried about political landscape in Bangladesh. Not sure what plan they are playing but killing opposition leaders will only lead to unnecessary unrest and trouble in the country. If these people were war criminals, why didn't her father, who conspired against Pakistan, kill them ? Live and let live. The world is already a hurt place and there is too much doom. Spread love and peace and move forward. The past is too bad for all nations because politicians in every country have done things that have divided us as humanity and fragmented us into races, boundaries and tribes. May God guide us all towards peace and harmony.

KANDHKOTI Nov 23, 2015 06:42pm

Who would be there to stand a witness against the wishes of a tyrant government but the government can purchase as many witnesses as it likes.

Mustafa Nov 23, 2015 06:48pm

@Rabid Rottweiler;

Mass executions are not internal matter of any country.

Sumit Mazumdar Nov 23, 2015 06:48pm

I recommend that the posters here who are so sure that BD Gov't hanged the two murderers of 1971 to please India or because of political rivalry read BD newspapers and websites. These two were leaders of the feared Al Badr and the so-called Peace Committee. There were numerous witnesses who stepped forward to tell about their violent past. India had nothing to do wiht the trials.

Baluch Nov 23, 2015 06:51pm

Now Bangladesh too?

Waseem Nov 23, 2015 06:51pm

I have not even heard this type of judicially sponsored execution before. The people who sent affidavit that Chaudry remained in West Pakistan all the time of civil war, were banned entry into Bangladesh, lest they find their way to court. Hasina does not stand on any moral ground, and quenching a bl00d thirst

Iqbal khan Nov 23, 2015 06:52pm

Our FO is a joke.Few days back top man gave an open statement that we didn't submit any proof to US regarding Indian involvement in Pakistani matters and made himself a complete fool. Now we are poking our nose in BD internal affairs.i have no idea what kind of foreign policy these hopeless people are running.

M.Saeed Nov 23, 2015 06:52pm

The son of our former speaker national assembly is hanged. Why should we not worry? Secondly, it is same Bangladesh Government that recently thanked Indian PM for attacking Pak-forces in former East Pakistan to, what it calls "liberate" it. Is it not direct interference of highest order in the internal affairs of Pakistan?? Still they are the same "Jafar az Bengal"!

asgher Nov 23, 2015 06:53pm

does anyone know that there is no internet in bangladesh since last 2 weeks?

My domestic helper is from bangladesh he told me that this is all political and has nothing to do with 1971 or Pakistan it is purely Sheikh Haseena vs Khalida Zia.

For these crazy stunts Shaikha Haseena will evade the country on the day Khalida Zia comes to power.

Nadeem Nov 23, 2015 06:53pm

Why are we not summoning Bangladesh ambassador to lodge protest over the judicial murders they are carrying out.

khan Nov 23, 2015 06:59pm

One small thing does not change the relationship of the countries. Bangladeshi people are our brothers and we have deep relationship with them

Khurram Jadoon Nov 23, 2015 07:10pm

نَّا للهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ‎إِ

Reality Bites Nov 23, 2015 07:21pm

This had nothing to do with India's pleasure, but rather sending a strong message to the regressive religious parties.

There should be no role for religion in the development of governance. Don't we have enough examples of the problems they bring, from Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

Zain Nov 23, 2015 07:23pm

We have every right to protest because those people were born as Pakistani citizens not Bangladesh citizens. Pakistan has the right to protect and raise concerns over killing of its citizens in Bangladesh. How can anyone support habit of such old people? Shameless people!

Harsh Nov 23, 2015 07:29pm

@Zak : Because she is right?

ali Nov 23, 2015 07:29pm

Y everyone is unfriendly with us

Ali Nov 23, 2015 07:36pm

@Mike,London I know how much idependent the judiciary of Dhaka (Bangladesh) is as I am the vitim of it. They change the decision of the judge ovenight as in our case in 1993, the written staement of the judge was completely oppsite to what verbal decision the judge has given two weeks before the written decision and that in only to save abour $600,000 for the govenment.

Saeed Chowhan Nov 23, 2015 07:45pm

Why was Pak poking its nose in BD affairs anywhere? Is there anything illadvised these stooges do NOT do? We have enough problems and enemies as it is, we don't need more. Esp with BD, we need to reconcile past differences, even issue an apology if need be. The economic gains to be made in the future from harmonized geopolitics greatly, GREATLY outweigh any sense of "honor" not apologizing is upholding.

Angry Rottweiler Nov 23, 2015 07:50pm

@Nadeem you cant because its their internal affair and they are not interfering into any others matters... so you cant question their judiciary system...

Shahid Nov 23, 2015 07:54pm

Its not a blow to Pak Bangladesh relations, its blow to Bangladesh domestic stability. She can keep her constituency and support of her Indian mentors but she will loose social harmony and will eventually destablize her country. She cant hope to be in power lifetime, as and when her opppnents will get power, she and her companions will pay in same gruesome way

Jayanta Chakrabarti Nov 23, 2015 08:05pm

@Zak yes they choose to be a puppet than to be a slave. which one is more dignified?

Rohit Nov 23, 2015 08:10pm

Bad move on Dhaka's part. To please the Indians, Bangladesh will lose vital & important position that it currently holds in SE Asia.@The Reluctant Fundamentalist

May I suggest a relook at your own comment.......India and Bengalis are BFF's (still cant believe I am using the term :) )

Rohit Sen Nov 23, 2015 08:15pm

@asgher nice to know your helper is your current affairs advisor. Good helpers are hard to come by. Looks like you have a winner. Does he have any views on the Isis matter? Maybe he can advice FO also given that there is no foreign minister in the country

kumar Nov 23, 2015 08:24pm

@M.Saeed the key word is "former".

kumar Nov 23, 2015 08:25pm

@asgher : I am watching Bangladesh Premier League, on TV sitting in Mumbai.

syed wasim haider Nov 23, 2015 08:41pm

Was it a fair trial? a big question mark.

Muhammad Arshad Nov 23, 2015 08:43pm

I think both sides should chill out on this issue.

Bangabandhu Nov 23, 2015 08:56pm

@mohammed stop political killings in Karachi immediately.

BRIJ Nov 23, 2015 09:05pm

@Zak Has Pakistan taken responsibility to raise concern on each internal event in other countries? Execution in Bangladesh, so called Intolerance in India are some of the instances where Pakistan has raised unnecessary concerns. It should instead focus on its own bad governance, on which Chief Justice and Army have raised legitimate concerns. It should focus on comforting 10 Lacs Pakistani Citizens, displaced by indiscriminate bombing on its own land.How will they face chilling wintry conditions in coming months as no facility has been provided by Pakistani Govt. except some Tents. Pakistan has money to make Atom Bombs but it does not have money to comfort IDPs.

SHAHID MAHMOOD Nov 23, 2015 09:06pm

@M.Saeed exactly so, Sir.

shah shafat Nov 23, 2015 09:20pm

if we ll press spiral to down it ll make same force while lifting upward so bettet is that we ll nt press it downward my sign is toward what govt of bangladesh is doing is not immense for its spotlight future bx past is preserved for entire world of such examples .

ijaz Nov 23, 2015 09:38pm

I think the envoy should merely repeat the concerns also expressed by the USA and enquire whether he and the US envoy can be dressed down at the same time.

goodDeedsLeadTo Nov 23, 2015 09:50pm

Bangladeshi, are under the DUI (Under the influence of) India. NS party loyalist are DUI (Under the influence of) nepotism practices, corrupt practices, easy money, pulling strings to move ahead, rishwat, kick backs, money laundering kind of practices and usurping power to get loans and not returning like ordinary folks have to go through.

m singh Nov 23, 2015 09:52pm

It is their country and it is their law.....pakistan has nothing to do with that....

k k tiwari Nov 23, 2015 09:58pm

@Iqbal khan Well said sir

joe Nov 23, 2015 10:03pm

@M Akram What is so special relationship between the two countries? Nothing...

ukumar Nov 23, 2015 10:05pm

@Reza Why not give them asylum in Pakistan? They supported Pakistan in 1971 war.

joe Nov 23, 2015 10:07pm

@Oz Well these are the very people who killed her father. They are murderers.

ukumar Nov 23, 2015 10:07pm

@mohammed I have never seen Pakistan government protesting KSA when Pakistan citizens are beheaded regularly

joe Nov 23, 2015 10:09pm

@Waseem Please tell me if you have heard of trials of some one called ZA Bhutto. How fair was that

Angry Pitbull Nov 23, 2015 10:10pm

After seeing the headline i am unable to control my laugh as Bangladesh also started summoning Pakistan

tellnolies Nov 23, 2015 10:13pm

@Zak Dear Sir, everything thing is conspiracy and everyone is conspirator is defeated attitude.I am not sure if really it is pro Indian.But Bangladeshis who support Pakistan for whatsoever reasons are very kind in forgetting what Pakistan did to them in 1971.Pakistanis even did not take Bangladeshis as Muslims.

Syed Nov 23, 2015 10:13pm

@asgher you're domestic help told you and you posted the comment I mean seriously :-)

Chayon Shaah Nov 23, 2015 10:26pm

I am from Bangladesh . We have right to punished any killer ,, Salahuddin , and Mujahid killed many people very cruelly . So They are not a good person . Pakistan Should support us because any killer is not a good man . I love Pakistan as my brother nation .

Ajay vikram Singh Nov 23, 2015 10:38pm

@asgher - So now you are trying to understand international relations from a domestic help. Great!

Safwath Nov 23, 2015 11:06pm

@Zak The whole Bangladesh is an anti-pakistan nation, I guess.

NRExP Nov 23, 2015 11:17pm

@Nadeem In 2008 MP election under Caretaker Govt, the current PM of Bangladesh had election promise (no 2) that they would try who had involved with specific murder case in 1971.Accordingly, people of Bangladesh gave (by electing current PM and her party/allies with 265 seats in 300) their verdict to try the above murderer. Bangladesh court provided death sentence to Bangladeshi citizen (not any Pakistani citizen) based on the evidence for the specific murder incidence (but not as a opponent or Islamic leader), and this verdict was upheld by Appellate division of Supreme Court after a long 5 years court battle between parties. The family of the victim has every right to get justice against those who killed their love one. Even God never forgives the killer unless the victim forgives the murderer. In Saudi Arabia, this same practice is being maintained. Nazies had been trailed even after 50 years.

A Pakistani Nov 23, 2015 11:30pm

Bangladesh is becoming increasingly fascist in dealing with the political opposition. It is certainly following the Indian political trends. This is bad for democracy and bad for regional peace and harmony.

Mass murder (as as one the co-writers wrote) is never an internal affair of a country. Besides the Bangladeshi court did not comply with any of the internationally accepted basic norms of justice. Even Affidavits signed by the ex-US Ambassador and other foreign dignitaries proving the innocence of the accused were rejected without even being considered.

Hasina Wajid is setting a bad precedent for herself. It may haunt here in the future.

Syed Rizvi Nov 23, 2015 11:30pm

@Pankaj you call it a democratic country where all the opposition political parties boycotted

NRExP Nov 23, 2015 11:46pm

@Nadeem . In Bangladesh, Bangladesh Army is almost a professional army and they are fully loyal to political government. In current Bangladesh constitution, death sentence is inevitable for any illegal assumption of power. After 1971. Bangladesh (Bangalies) got nothing of its share, like foreign currency and gold, and started its economy from zero with broken infrastructure of 1971 war.Right now Bangladesh has over 27 Billion US currency as reserve. Their currency is more stronger than Pakistan currency. Unlike Pakistan, Bangladesh government has full control in its every inch of land.

So try to respect others right and try to not interfere others matter. It will be good for all !!

Zak Nov 23, 2015 11:50pm

Having met Bangladeshi's abroad, I am sure if there was a vote in Bangladesh,bthe people would never want to remain East Pakistan but with greater autonomy.

Imran khan recalls in 1981 cricket match between India and Pakistan in Dhaka, the Bangladeshi crowds lined the streets from the stadium to the hotel.nshowering flowers. That is when Hasina was groomed to begin anti pakistan sentiments from within. The kangaroo tribunal is a ploy.

Zak Nov 23, 2015 11:52pm

@Safwath no 70% is still pro pakistan 25%, is pro India.

Jack Nov 24, 2015 12:02am

@asgher who told you?

Hasan Ali Nov 24, 2015 12:12am

Question is, why Pakistan govt interfere Bangladesh internal matter?

Faisal Nov 24, 2015 12:18am

Pakistan has right to Protest as these relate to time when Bangladesh was part of Pakistan.

syed Nov 24, 2015 12:44am

ppl commenting here probably don't know Sheikh Hasina bagged record votes to form gvt by promising they would start war crime tribunal once again. it was her election mandate in 2008 and subsequently her gvt formed international war crime tribunal in 2010. after independence Sheikh Mujib started trials against war criminals but after his assassination in 1975 it stopped later Zia-ur-rahman, founder of BNP, released all war criminals from jail, following this S. Qader, hanged couple of days ago, got back in Bangladesh from abroad where he was hiding. Its true that there were hundreds roaming around, some are still in current gvt as well, but its not true that, those who were hanged were innocent. they were well known war criminals and most brutal ones.

KRush Nov 24, 2015 12:49am

@asgher, Do you really think that your domestic help can share his/her political views with you? How will you react if he/she says that Pakistan killed over 1 million Bangladeshis civilian in 1971? He/She is in no position to debate their viewpoints with you!

Shubs Nov 24, 2015 03:09am

The hypocrisy dripping from the Pakistani government's statement is astounding. A country guilty of a massacre the scale of which was perhaps unheard of in the modern history of SE Asia, is protesting against the punishment of those responsible? And this nation wants to be taken as a serious responsible player in the global community? At least have the maturity and security as a country to realise the wrongs you have done! There's no point crying over the "image" of Pakistan internationally without changing the very outlook which causes that negative image.

Farooq Nov 24, 2015 03:15am

Where is UN and so called Western Human Rights Countries?

Zafar Nov 24, 2015 03:43am

Salahuddin Chowdhry was a political leader and elected member of the Bangladeshi assembly many times. Just the fact that it took BD 44 years to realize the alleged war crimes shows you the mindset behind these political murders.

Bala korea Nov 24, 2015 05:04am

@Haseena302 I strongly accept u

irfan Nov 24, 2015 05:09am

@mohammed Bangladesh has the right to ask all the war criminals from pakistan who were party to the mass killing in BD so whats wrong in that ???

Zafar Nov 24, 2015 05:09am

For all those claiming non-interference, go read some history. Pakistan has every right to interfere here, because these are acts by a vengeful state in connivance with our adversary and are aimed at appeasing India's hegemony. While it would need a moral high ground for BD to stop this exercise of judicially executing these elderly leaders almost half a century later, the current acts have shown that this government has no plan of claiming this high ground.

Sunil Nov 24, 2015 06:11am

@Zafar How do you explain You politician sucking blood of your people . That is not killing ? Why Don't you raise your voice against that?

Nawaz Sharif Nov 24, 2015 06:14am

dawn.com good

umar Nov 24, 2015 06:52am

Well what would you expect from dynastic politics . It's the hate that fuels the fire and keeps it burning

Khan Nov 24, 2015 07:52am

I don't know why Pakistan interferes in another country matter. It is their country and their legal system they can handle it better. If pakistan is so consious on this matter then first bring all besieged "biharis" from there into Pakistan. we need to rectify our home first before we peek our neighbors. Handle remaining Pakistan better with justice.

Abdul Muqtadir Nov 24, 2015 08:05am

@mohammed Charity should begin from home

Kaly Nov 24, 2015 09:40am

@asgher - hmmm your domestic help is so wise....

Munna Nov 24, 2015 10:57am

All the great thinkers here, how many Pakistanis have died without even a trial in only 2015? Over 60% of the population in Pakistan (as of 2014) are living under poverty line; what do you think of them? 5.5 million Pakistani children are out of school, what did you do for them? You know very well, these type of questions will never stop if someone starts. So, please repair your own house rather than peeping into others. Bangladeshi people are more than happy to see long awaited consequences of the two war criminals.

Neutral Nov 24, 2015 01:56pm

@Reza Human Rights Brigade!!! Are we kidding??? We just got a separate Ministry for HR only today.

We have enough of issues in our plate to keep us focused. We have many headstones already lets not be too generous to take third persons head stone too.

NRExP Nov 24, 2015 10:15pm

Did Bangladesh ever protest for any death sentence are being continuously provided by Pakistani court (including Army court) to any Pakistani citizen? Did Pakistan protest when Pakistanies were frequently beheaded in Saudi Arabia? SKC and AHM were not citizen of Pakistan, rather they were the citizen of Bangladesh. If Pakistan says, that they were Pakistan loyalist, it is just a foolish thinking !! If Pakistan loves for those who supported, then why Pakistan is not bringing back thousands of stranded Pakistani (who never accepted Bangladesh after 1971 war and claiming them as Pakistani citizen and want to back Pakistan for years) living in Dhaka, Syedpur since 1971.

taslima Nov 24, 2015 11:27pm

We need Pakistan intervention to get rid of Hasina, who is a practicing Hindu and backed by India. she hanged 4 brave muslim leaders so far. Others are in line.

taslima Nov 24, 2015 11:38pm

@Pankaj political executions are not internal matter of a country. Since UN is deaf... We want Pakistan to criticize Hasina severely, to say the least.

Abdulla Hussain Nov 25, 2015 01:26am

Who Cares

haider Nov 25, 2015 08:52am

Make committee please

Wasim Nov 25, 2015 09:48am

@NRExP Well said bro ! Salute :)

Wasim Nov 25, 2015 10:07am

Now in case some of you are thinking Bangladeshi judicial system is flawed relating to war crimes, let me inform you that that each and every person accused of 'war crimes' here are given total freedom to select their lawyer, whomever they liked and how many they liked. Their appointed lawyers took absolute freedom to represent their cases, as a matter of fact, the whole litigation process took so long that many of us suspected that the present government has no intention to complete these cases.

Kazi Wasimul Haque Advocate Supreme Court of Bangladesh

Ali Raza Noor Nov 25, 2015 02:20pm

@jab People who were hanged were fighting for their country at that time and it was part of Pakistan, FO did right thing

M. Siddique Nov 25, 2015 05:32pm

Every time Hasina or her cronies make any statement regarding Pakistan, foreign office must make a point to comment and not necessarily flattering ones. It is Pakistan's prerogative.