Nisar expresses grief over Bangladesh JI leader's execution

Published: December 13, 2013
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Interior minister says Molla's execution has revived old wounds. PHOTO: FILE

Interior minister says Molla's execution has revived old wounds. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: A day after Bangladesh executed senior Jamaat-e-Islami figure Abdul Quader Molla for war crimes, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar expressed grief and concern over the incident, Express News reported.

In the first public reaction to Molla’s execution by Pakistani officials, Nisar said that executing Molla 42 years after the events of 1971 was very unfortunate and a tragic step, with some circles having declared it judicial murder.

Nisar said there was no doubt that Molla was hanged because of his loyalty and solidarity with Pakistan in 1971.

The interior minister claimed till the very end, before the creation of Bangladesh‚ Molla remained a supporter of a united Pakistan and on Friday, every Pakistani was saddened and grieved on his death.

Nisar further said that with this incident‚ an effort was being made to revive old wounds.

It would have been better, he said, if the Bangladeshi government had shown farsightedness‚ large heartedness and magnanimity instead of opening old wounds.

Hanging

Bangladesh Deputy Law Minister Quamrul Islam announced the execution, saying Abdul Quader Molla, 65, was hanged by the neck at 10.01 pm (1601 GMT) in a jail in the capital Dhaka.

Molla is the first person put to death for massacres committed during the 1971 war following a series of verdicts by a special war crimes court that have sparked deadly protests.

Molla was convicted of rape, murder and mass murder, including the killing of more than 350 unarmed Bengali civilians.

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  • Fareed
    Dec 13, 2013 - 8:30PM

    Lets see how far your “farsightedness‚ large heartedness and magnanimity” goes in case of Musharraf !!!

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  • Mohammad
    Dec 13, 2013 - 8:32PM

    No one is going to listen to you.. you all politicians brought Pakistan so down that if you talk little more, Bangladesh will declare a war against you… not to mention that their exports are more than that of yours and takka is more stable than Pakistan’s poor rupee.

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  • Safwan
    Dec 13, 2013 - 8:32PM

    Facepalm. Shame on PMLN. Now perhaps he might even deny the thousands of rapes and murders carried out by the Pakistan army in Bangladesh during the civil war.

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  • unbelievable
    Dec 13, 2013 - 8:33PM

    Nisar said there was no doubt that Molla was hanged because of his loyalty and solidarity with Pakistan in 1971.
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    He was convicted of murder and rape – lets hope that has nothing to do with “loyalty and solidarity” to Pakistan.

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  • Mohammed Yusuf
    Dec 13, 2013 - 8:45PM

    Now pls take back the more than half a million Pakistanis who are left behind in Bangladesh. The Urdu-speaking people who are still loyal to Pakistan and has retained their Pakistani nationality by refusing to recognise Bangladesh are living a life of misery due to their patriotisim for Pakistan. Pls Pakistan, take them back to where they rightly belong as they too fought for a united Pakistan.
    Don’t be a hypocrite and shed crocodile tears now.

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  • I am a Khan
    Dec 13, 2013 - 8:50PM

    Bangladesh is going through an internal war between the seculars and the religious. This is going to aggravate the situation. Bangladeshi seculars are India’s loyalists and the religious people of Bangladesh have a soft corner for Pakistan. The present secular govt of Bangladesh should be overthrown.

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  • Um@ir
    Dec 13, 2013 - 8:53PM

    There is no use crying over spilt milk. You should have reacted much earlier when the orders were given, when he was still alive when this could have averted..

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  • Shahid Kinnare
    Dec 13, 2013 - 8:59PM

    Shame on PMLN and Nisar. No one welcomes execution.. But Abdul Quader Mulla is no hero. it is time to tell truth to Pakistanis who broke Pakistan sheikh Mujib Rehman and ZAB or JI with their masters.

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  • Shahzeb Jumani
    Dec 13, 2013 - 9:07PM

    It’s interesting to see how much of a public right-winger Nisar Ali Khan has become, while his whole family including himself are American Green Card holders, who are working towards becoming American Citizens! I wonder if Nisar and his family continue to cater to the right-wing when they go to America? Probably not, otherwise he knows he would be on the watch list for the FBI. Show some moral character Nisar Ali Khan, and stop trying to cater to the right wing in public, while you enjoy American hospitality and green cards in private.

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  • Dec 13, 2013 - 9:07PM

    Is this interior ministry issue?
    Foreign office has already declared it an internal matter of bengladesh. Let interior ministry of Bengladesh deal with the crimes in that country.

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  • South Indian
    Dec 13, 2013 - 9:17PM

    The cat is out of the bag.

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  • shakrullah khan
    Dec 13, 2013 - 9:24PM

    Ch Nisar’s observations are characterised by crude self-righteousness : they do not show any awareness of the role we pakistanis have played in allowing the wounds
    of the 1971 holocaust to fester . The wounds would have healed better if we had offered our apologies to our Bangla Deshi brethern for our gruesome role in that tragedy . We have not done so in spite of demands by the Bangla government. Had we done that , it would have cleansed our soul of the guilt we keep suppressing by distortion of history and self-deception , and made it easier for the Bangla Deshis to forget and forgive .

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  • Xnain
    Dec 13, 2013 - 9:28PM

    @Shahid Kinnare:
    Probably you should read the news first…..
    “In the first public reaction to Molla’s execution by Pakistani officials, Nisar said that executing Molla 42 years after the events of 1971 was very unfortunate and a tragic step, with some circles having declared it judicial murder.
    Nisar said there was no doubt that Molla was hanged because of his loyalty and solidarity with Pakistan in 1971.”
    No where he called Mulla a hero. However, if he was such an arch enemy, then why there are protest and strikes in BD? care to elaborate that? It means that he is still a hero in BD to people.

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  • Last Word
    Dec 13, 2013 - 9:39PM

    Nisar statement is both irresponsible and uncalled for as this man was not executed being pro-Pakistan but for committing the most heinous crimes in the recent times history.

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  • Arif
    Dec 13, 2013 - 9:43PM

    He was not executed for loyalty to Pakistan but for murder of hundreds of UNARMED civilians. Why do we expect to be respected by the world if we issue statements like that??

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  • FF
    Dec 13, 2013 - 9:53PM

    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.

    Really Chaudhry sahib? You might want to forgive Musharraf then and move on, seeing it as though he put the country in the best economic position in memory. By your logic though, we shouldn’t have tried any Nazi’s or demanded Charles Taylor be sent to the ICC.

    WHAT WORLD DOES THIS MAN LIVE IN? Your country committed an act of genocide or close, just own up for it already and apologize.

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  • Sandip
    Dec 13, 2013 - 9:59PM

    “It would have been better, he said, if the Bangladeshi government had shown farsightedness‚ large heartedness and magnanimity instead of opening old wounds.”
    Why do Pakistani officials always beg for magnanimity from others? Search the internet and you would find a hundred such requests from all and sundry. This is most irritating to hear. Haven’t they still realized one simple fact – That there is no such thing as magnanimity in international relations? All that matters is interest. And within a country, it’s the law that matters. The day Pakistani leadership across the board realizes this, Pakistan will be a changed nation.

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  • Asok
    Dec 13, 2013 - 10:00PM

    The Bangla government had imposed life sentences for him and other war criminals. It was a people’s agitation that forced them to change to capital punishment.

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  • faiz
    Dec 13, 2013 - 10:10PM

    Where are liberal fascists and extremists of Pakistan who are against death penalty and were saddened over spy Sarbajith Singh execution. Shame on all liberal fascists of Pakistan.

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  • BihariBangladeshi
    Dec 13, 2013 - 10:20PM

    Biharis living in Bangladesh are patriotic Bangladeshis and proud of their Bangladeshi nationality. We are thankful to the people of east Bengal who provided our forefathers refuge when they were “forced to flee” from India. We are proud of our country Bangladesh and denounce division on the basis of religion and ethnicity. Thank you Pakistanis for your concern, but we are happy in Bangladesh. We don’t want to be labelled as ingrate refugees who stab in the back of that very country that provide us refuge and give equal rights and security.

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  • Sohail
    Dec 13, 2013 - 10:41PM

    To all those who feel it was a justified killing, what is their opinion about these courts whose credibility has been questioned by numerous international and independent agencies and has appeared in international media outlets unlike the english outlets of Pakistan who are scared of, God knows, what?

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  • Hi
    Dec 13, 2013 - 11:04PM

    JI always stands on the opposite side of history. The supporter of conservative status quo.
    Be it opposing the creation of Pakistan when India was united, moving to opposing Bangladesh when Pakistan was united. Interesting.
    Conservatism as an ideologue has mostly failed and one can see it by the decline of JI. Yet most of our country remain committed to it.

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  • Dajjal
    Dec 13, 2013 - 11:04PM

    Just because Pakistan doesn’t have the courage to carry out death sentences against violent extremist doesn’t mean its the same for other countries… Pakistan should take a lesson from this… instead of pander to religious extremists you should execute them.

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  • Umer
    Dec 13, 2013 - 11:21PM

    @Sohail:

    To all those who feel it was a justified killing, what is their opinion about these courts whose credibility has been questioned

    Are you referring to Pakistani courts including many decisions by the SC under former CJ? Well we still had to abide by them like it or not.

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  • Humanity
    Dec 13, 2013 - 11:21PM

    @Xnain:

    A person involved with gang rape, mass murder, and genocide got a shariah punishment fitting the crime.

    The unrest and rioting is created by the JI thugs trained and indoctrinated to create mayhem and destruction. That is what they do for attention.

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  • Syed
    Dec 13, 2013 - 11:38PM

    Abdul Quadir Mullah will always be remembered for his struggle & sacrifices for United Pakistan . He was a great Muslim & Pakistani Nation will never forget these Heroes.

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  • truthbetold
    Dec 13, 2013 - 11:51PM

    “Nisar said there was no doubt that Molla was hanged because of his loyalty and solidarity with Pakistan in 1971.
    The interior minister claimed till the very end, before the creation of Bangladesh‚ Molla remained a supporter of a united Pakistan and on Friday, every Pakistani was saddened and grieved on his death.

    If Pakistanis and Nisar are so saddened by this hanging of this killer who “was a supporter of Pakistan and who had great loyalty and solidarity with Pakistan”, how come Pakistan is not accepting the 400,000 Molla compatriots (urdu speaking Beharis), who are equally loyal to Pakistan, stranded in refugee camps in BD for 40+ years?

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  • Umer
    Dec 13, 2013 - 11:56PM

    @Syed:

    Abdul Quadir Mullah will always be remembered for his struggle & sacrifices for United Pakistan

    Sacrifices? As in rapes and murders? Why do all Pakistan heroes have to be murderers and plunderers?

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  • Pankaj
    Dec 14, 2013 - 12:03AM

    “Molla was hanged because of his loyalty and solidarity with Pakistan in 1971.”
    So you meann: raping women and murdering innocent people is the only way to prove once loyalty with Pakistan.Recommend

  • Sandip
    Dec 14, 2013 - 2:24AM

    @Syed: Before you remember heroes from other countries, how about remembering your own Qaid-e-Azam and his teachings. That might help you much more than trying to remember some murderer from far off land.

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  • np
    Dec 14, 2013 - 2:27AM

    @faiz: “Where are liberal fascists and extremists of Pakistan who are against death penalty and were saddened over spy Sarbajith Singh execution.”

    Sarabjit Singh was not executed. He was brutally assaulted in jail with bricks and blades. There is also the issue of mistaken identity in case of Sarabjit Singh. A little search on the net should be able to give you the information.Recommend

  • np
    Dec 14, 2013 - 2:31AM

    @Syed: “Abdul Quadir Mullah will always be remembered for his struggle & sacrifices for United Pakistan .”

    There was a war – which Mollah was not part of. If murder and rape of innocent civilians is your idea of ‘struggle for United Pakistan’ , I really do not knowwhat to say.Recommend

  • shuaibeme@yahoo.com
    Dec 14, 2013 - 2:58AM

    @Umer: No i was not referring to courts in Pakistan. I was actually referring to International Crimes tribunal set up in Bangladesh that has led to this situation. You can read on Economist for a detailed discussion about it. For examples given link below Economist categorically calls them flawed
    http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21573990-bangladeshs-war-crimes-tribunal-sullying-its-judicial-and-political-systems-another-kind

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  • Pakistan on course for dark ages
    Dec 14, 2013 - 11:33AM

    this guy is an embarassment

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  • Ali Reza
    Dec 14, 2013 - 9:38PM

    It doesn’t matter what cyber Hindus in India believe. Keep your opinions to yourself.

    The entire Muslim world condemned the execution of one of the top Islamic leaders in Bangladesh. His death is a loss for Bangladesh and the Muslim world.

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  • Syed Faisal
    Dec 15, 2013 - 6:24AM

    I pray for the Abdul Qadir Molla , May Allah bless his soul.

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  • Mohammed Yusuf
    Dec 15, 2013 - 11:31AM

    @Ali Reza:
    really, which muslim world is with Pakistan? Pakistan ditched Dubai during the EXPO 2020 voting.

    http://gulfnews.com/opinions/editorials/expo-2020-vote-uae-deserves-answers-from-pakistan-and-afghanistan-1.1266977
    Check this link as Dubai wants answers from Pakistan for its betrayal.
    At this rate no one will trust Pakistan.

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