Bangladesh summons Pakistan High commissioner over NA resolution

Published: December 17, 2013
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Molla was executed on December 12 after Bangladesh’s top court convicted him of war crimes during the 1971 war of secession. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Molla was executed on December 12 after Bangladesh’s top court convicted him of war crimes during the 1971 war of secession. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Bangladesh summoned Pakistan’s High Commissioner in Dhaka to lodge its protest over the resolution adopted by the National Assembly of Pakistan expressing concern over the execution Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh leadr Abdul Quader Molla.

Pakistan High Commissioner in Dhaka Mian Afrasiab Mehdi Hashmi Qureshi was called to Bangladesh’s Ministry of foreign affairs on Tuesday.

Bangladesh Secretary (bilateral) Mustafa Kamal conveyed the government’s protest and handed the High Commissioner an “Aide Memoire”, bdnews24.com reported.

According to a press release, the Bangladesh foreign ministry said Hashmi Qureshi was called to lodge a protest against the resolutions adopted by the Pakistan National Assembly and the Punjab Provincial Assembly.

The Secretary conveyed in “unequivocal terms” that the war crimes trial in Bangladesh was “an internal matter” and as such “the uncalled for resolutions on the verdicts of the war crimes trial tantamount to interference in the domestic affairs of Bangladesh”.

NA resolution

Pakistan’s National Assembly on Monday had passed a resolution against the hanging of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh leader Abdul Quader Molla with majority votes.

Molla was executed on December 12 after Bangladesh’s top court convicted him of war crimes during the 1971 war of secession.

“This house expresses concerns over the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader of Bangladesh, Abdul Quader Molla, for supporting Pakistan and [we give our] condolences to his family and the JI Bangladesh. This house demands of the Bangladesh government not to rake up the memories of 1971 and all cases against JI leaders [of Bangladesh] should be settled amicably,” read the resolution.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan who began the debate over the issue, announced the government’s support for the resolution.

“Bangladesh is a sovereign state and we respect that,” but the execution of Molla, a supporter of united Pakistan, was a ‘judicial murder’ and has saddened the entire nation again”, he had said.

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  • Ahmad
    Dec 17, 2013 - 8:35PM

    we pakistanis are concerned about everything else in the world expect putting our own house in order.

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  • Murali
    Dec 17, 2013 - 8:35PM

    Good.

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  • Javed
    Dec 17, 2013 - 8:37PM

    Yesterday’s Traitors are now summoning the HC of Pakistan….. look where we stand today!

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  • M. Emad
    Dec 17, 2013 - 8:40PM

    Bangladesh should kicked-out Pakistani High Commissioner in Dhaka — financing Jamaati cadre in Bangladesh.

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  • Maula Jatt
    Dec 17, 2013 - 8:41PM

    Great response by our commissioner. Good job. The entire Muslim world is fed up with Bangladesh’s government targeting of Muslims.

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  • JD
    Dec 17, 2013 - 8:44PM

    Anything that is linked to another country is not an internal matter.

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  • Munaf
    Dec 17, 2013 - 8:45PM

    We have the habit of poking our nose in unneccessary conflicts.
    More muslims are slaughtered by Muslims inside the Islamic Republic EVERY SINGLE DAY.. Why not just focus on that?

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  • Sandip
    Dec 17, 2013 - 8:46PM

    The envoy should also have been handed a list asking for immediate handing over of all war criminals that are living in Pakistan. Also in parallel, Bangladesh should initiate steps to find out and ask for other countries where ever those war criminals are residing (viz. Canada, UK, UAE etc) and bring them to Bangladesh for war crimes trial.

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  • Bangali
    Dec 17, 2013 - 9:04PM

    Mind your own business haven’t you’ll seen what jamait Islamia done to your country.

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  • Moshfique
    Dec 17, 2013 - 9:25PM

    Sheikh Haseena is creating chaos in Bangladesh everyday to please her hindu nationalist masters in India. God help.

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  • Pr0udPakistani
    Dec 17, 2013 - 9:28PM

    I think Bangladesh is right. Let them deal with their own problems.

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  • AM
    Dec 17, 2013 - 9:29PM

    @Maula Jatt:
    Seriously? LOL.

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  • Said
    Dec 17, 2013 - 9:29PM

    @Munaf:
    brainwashed and financially supported by RAW, as claimed by indian army general.

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  • Raja Islam
    Dec 17, 2013 - 9:30PM

    @Javed: I would not label Bengalis as traitors. When the majority of a country seeks independence from the minority then there is something seriously wrong. If the creation of Bangladesh was something akin to secession and treated as a great wrong then what would you like to say about the creation of Pakistan? It is the same philosophy.

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  • Raja Islam
    Dec 17, 2013 - 9:31PM

    @Maula Jatt:
    ??? “targeting of Muslims” Bangladesh is a Muslim majority state.

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  • Pr0udPakistani
    Dec 17, 2013 - 9:31PM

    I think Bangladesh is right. Let them deal with their own problems. Their current govt. is a puppet of another country and they are going in the direction of self destruction so good for them.

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  • F Khan
    Dec 17, 2013 - 9:34PM

    The Pak NA Resolution was just not called for. It is BD internal matter. This NA resolution was pushed by JI and supported by all the right wingers like PTI,PMLN & PTI. This resolution was just not necessary. We should concentrate in our internal affairs rather poking nose in other country issues.I am a bit confused because intially just after Molla’s hanging MFA spokesman said it was BD internal issue and now PMLN has supported the NA Resolution…..typical NS….confused protoplasm.

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  • anwar kamal
    Dec 17, 2013 - 9:40PM

    This is our internal matter.It is better to oil your own machine.

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  • just_someone
    Dec 17, 2013 - 9:43PM

    We should issue them an apology over the past rather than put out our chest at this stuff.
    Pakistan is disgusting and a born, bred and patriotic Pakistan.
    (Anyone who questions my patriotism based on my criticism can do suck a lemon!)

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  • Kareem
    Dec 17, 2013 - 9:46PM

    I think justice is necessary.Bangladesh should request the UN and the UN should direct the International court of justice to set up a tribunal to prosecute all involved in 1971 war crimes in Bangladesh weather they are in Bangladesh, Pakistan or in India they are all needed to be brought to justice every living personal involved in 1971 war…………..If Germany is still still chasing the WW2 Nazi criminals and prosecuting them then why Bangladesh has the right……

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  • Jihad Bil-Qalam
    Dec 17, 2013 - 9:49PM

    I would strongly advise the Bangladeshi parliament to pass a resolution of condemnation for the resolutions passed in the Pakistani National and Punjab Assembly. Dear Bangladeshis, this is one thing you have got to do. Hats off to Bangladeshi liberals.

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  • Murali
    Dec 17, 2013 - 9:56PM

    @Javed:
    What a superiarty complex.

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  • kamal
    Dec 17, 2013 - 10:07PM

    @Jihad Bil-Qalam:

    BD has no parliament, Liberals in both Pakistan and BD have sold their souls to Dollars.

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  • kamal
    Dec 17, 2013 - 10:11PM

    Every single person who was part of dividing Pakistan had unfortunate fate for self and his/her family, Mujeeb, Bhutto and Indra Gandhi.

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  • Someone
    Dec 17, 2013 - 10:13PM

    Even the Turkish Prime Minister condemned the senseless trial. Let’s not even get started with the response in the international human rights circles. Obviously Bangladesh has gone nuts.

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  • Parvez
    Dec 17, 2013 - 10:15PM

    Pakistan should have kept quiet…….but doing the right thing has never been our strong point.

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  • Umer
    Dec 17, 2013 - 10:18PM

    @Maula Jatt:

    The entire Muslim world is fed up with Bangladesh’s government targeting of Muslims.

    I only see Punjabis complaining about it, not anyone else. Punjabis have something to hide on this matter so their commotion is understandable.

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  • Umer
    Dec 17, 2013 - 10:19PM

    @JD:

    Anything that is linked to another country is not an internal matter.

    Such as Mumbai attacks?

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  • Providencia
    Dec 17, 2013 - 10:24PM

    The entire world has blasted the sham trials and the murder of Abdul Quader Mollah, but on ET’s forum we have our bleeding heart goody two shoes Pakistani Liberals heinously supporting Bangladesh. This is a cause for shame for all PakistanisRecommend

  • Bang la dash
    Dec 17, 2013 - 10:24PM

    T20 Worldcup should b shifted from Bangladesh to Srilanka. ICC should take decision b4 it is late.

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  • SM
    Dec 17, 2013 - 10:29PM

    @Kareem:
    The only reason Germany is chasing its WW2 demons is because the Jews truly had and documented 6-7 million dead. There is no proof that 3 million Bengalis were killed in 9 months by a 2-division strong Pakistan Army in East Pakistan.

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  • just_you
    Dec 17, 2013 - 10:30PM

    @just_someone: “Anyone who questions my patriotism based on my criticism can do suck a lemon!”

    Oh don’t be so frightened, nobody will question your patriotism. How can one question something that is completely non-existent?

    By the way, it’s GO suck a lemon, not DO suck a lemon.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Dec 17, 2013 - 10:32PM

    Hanging of someone who stood for united Pakistan isn’t Hasina Wajid’s internal matter. My salute to Ch. Nisar and Imran Khan.

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  • Dhaka
    Dec 17, 2013 - 10:33PM

    @Pr0udPakistani:
    Every one knows in this world that who is the self destructed country.We are progressing much faster than your failed country pakistan.

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  • Sara
    Dec 17, 2013 - 10:34PM

    @M. Emad, @Munaf, @Sandip, @Bangali, @Raja Islam, @F Khan, @anwar kamal, @just_someone, @Kareem, @Jihad Bil-Qalam: You guys should apply for a post in Bangladesh’s foreign office. Better yet, apply for a job as prosecutors for that Bengali kangaroo court. You’re wasting your time and energy typing your anger on the forum of an American newspaper like Express Tribune.Recommend

  • Malik
    Dec 17, 2013 - 10:37PM

    @Bangali, @anwar kamal: If you two Bangladeshis want Pakistanis to stay out of your internal matter, you should set an example by getting out of the online comment forum of a Pakistani newspaper. Go blow your tops on some Bangladeshi forum.

    @just_someone: You can go personally apologize to those traitors if you want to. DO NOT force your own perverse morality on the whole country.Recommend

  • Ali
    Dec 17, 2013 - 10:39PM

    @ALL YOU ANTI-PAKISTAN HATEMONGERS: If you have a problem with the Pakistani NA resolution, then just write to your MNA to tell him to pass another resolution retracting the recently passed one, simple!

    If that doesn’t satisfy you, then enter politics, get the ticket of the PPP and MQM, run in the next elections, win yourselves a seat in parliament and move your own pro-Bangladesh resolution.

    Stop spamming an internet forum with your subversive garbage.Recommend

  • Aalia
    Dec 17, 2013 - 10:41PM

    How about this: First Bangladesh apologizes to the Biharis, then Pakistan will apologize to Bangladesh.Recommend

  • Wasif
    Dec 17, 2013 - 10:43PM

    @Dhaka: “Every one knows in this world that who is the self destructed country.We are progressing much faster than your failed country pakistan.”

    Your country just judicially murdered a man in a trial that everyone around the world called a shoddy sham trial held by a kangaroo court, and to avoid accountability for that, THIS is your defense??? Disgusting!Recommend

  • Guru
    Dec 17, 2013 - 10:46PM

    Pakistan should mind there own business.Otherwise it will become like another syria !

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  • LOK
    Dec 17, 2013 - 10:48PM

    Our ambassador in Dhaka had three last names. Summon him to explain that first. Outrage.

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  • IK FAN
    Dec 17, 2013 - 10:52PM

    ET is infested by indians from the comments I see.

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  • Umer
    Dec 17, 2013 - 11:10PM

    @Sara:

    Better yet, apply for a job as prosecutors for that Bengali kangaroo court.

    Why? They are already doing a great job of hanging the ’71 genocide culprits.

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  • Umer
    Dec 17, 2013 - 11:12PM

    @Wasif:

    Your country just judicially murdered a man in a trial that everyone around the world called a shoddy sham trial held by a kangaroo court

    Nobody called it that except Punjabis who have a vested interest in hiding their crimes.

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  • Aalia
    Dec 17, 2013 - 11:16PM

    @all indians commenting here if this is poking in internal matters of BD then what were indian agents and army doing in separation war of east pakistan? WAS IT NOT POKiNg?

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  • BanglaBabu
    Dec 17, 2013 - 11:22PM

    Why should Bangladesh care about any resolution passed by a failed country ? Pakistan’s National assembly is a joke and full of war mongers and jihadist mind set. Nobody in world cares what they say. If Pakistan has issue with Bangladesh’s decision they should close their embassy in Bangladesh and move out. Seems like 1971 was not enough to teach them any lesson.

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  • Parvez
    Dec 17, 2013 - 11:29PM

    @Sara: ET…..an American newspaper, really ??…….always thought it was Indian :-)

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  • Assad
    Dec 17, 2013 - 11:32PM

    @M. Emad:
    Do it. Who is stopping you?

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  • ahner
    Dec 17, 2013 - 11:38PM

    @Wasif: the world blames pakisran for mumbai attacks. The world blames pakistan for hiding osama. The world blames pakistan for nuclear proliferation. The world blames pakistan for being rge epicentre of terror. Butwe as usual keep debying it and blamong the world for it

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  • Raj - USA
    Dec 17, 2013 - 11:41PM

    My view is like this:

    (1) Bangladesh should gracefully forgive Pakistan and not insist on public apology from Pakistan for the 1971 atrocities.

    However, before this

    (2) Pakistan should take the 3 million Bihari refugees still languishing in camps in Bangladesh.

    How stupid can a country be when it refuses to take those who were very patriotic to them during the entire war and even after the war ended and Bangladesh was formed. They risked everything and are still standing for Pakistan and only a very foolish country or a country without any moral values can ignore them. There is no one else who are more patriotic to Pakistan than these 3 million Biharis in Bangladesh’s refugee camps.

    I wrote another comment elsewhere in ET today which is very relevant to this. Here is the link to that other news in ET today.
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/646694/lawyers-urge-government-to-raise-mollas-hanging-in-international-court/

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  • Pankaj
    Dec 18, 2013 - 12:10AM

    I think, Pakistanis should learn something from their BIG BROTHER – Bangladesh, that is on the path of becoming one of the most modern, secular, progressive economy of Indian Sub-continent. It is better that Pakistan should start the proceedings for banning Pakistani-Jamat and prosecuting its leaders as soon as possible. Not much time has passed when Pakistani Jamat leaders were telling that Pakistani army-men fighting with Talibani insurgents are not martyrs.

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  • Np
    Dec 18, 2013 - 12:15AM

    @Aalia:
    India got 8 million refugees and India could not bear such an economic burden. Indira went all over the world to try to get the genocide stopped but no one stepped in. In the end, Ndia had to step in because it could not have allowed an endless stream of refugees into India. Thus it only got involved because it was being severely affected by Pakistan’s actions.

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  • Np
    Dec 18, 2013 - 12:17AM

    @Parvez:
    The leader you support also did to keep quiet did he?

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  • B
    Dec 18, 2013 - 12:37AM

    @Parvez:
    The soft power of India.

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  • G. Din
    Dec 18, 2013 - 12:45AM

    @just_you:
    “By the way, it’s GO suck a lemon, not DO suck a lemon.”
    OK, if you have to nitpick: “DO GO SUCK A LEMON”

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  • G. Din
    Dec 18, 2013 - 12:55AM

    @Raj – USA:
    “(2) Pakistan should take the 3 million Bihari refugees still languishing in camps in Bangladesh.”
    If it had been 3 million, it would be understandable if Pakistan would plead poverty. As it is, those Biharis are just 300,000 in number. And, as if that was not shameful and disgraceful enough, Agha Khan offered to Pakistan all transportation costs for those wretched Biharis, even then they are still rotting in those camps, too proud as Pakistanis to take Bangladeshi nationality. Those who got Pakistan for the Muslims of Indian subcontinent do not have the will to take on such a small number of their coreligionists who suffered in the cause of Pakistan all their lives.

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  • azmat khan
    Dec 18, 2013 - 1:02AM

    @Bangali: Dear, believe me we have much regard for you and do not like interfering in your affairs.But it is my wish that we should now bury the hatchet and let bygones be bygones.After all are brotherly countries.Blood is thicker than water.

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  • AaLo-Dhaka
    Dec 18, 2013 - 1:10AM

    I give my heartiest shame to those MP who pass the bill in the parliament. Seems like 1971 is not enough for you .. you need another treat from Bangladesh. I suggest you look yourself to build your nation. I would like to point out those politician and army who were involved in 1971 war , before you DIE , you should pray to Allah to forgive you for the things you did in 1971 if you really believe in Allah . you killed 3 million Bangali . How you feel when your family get sick or ill ? Your pakistani Army took atleast 1 person from every house to kill in the war .Keeping all the respect to the country Pakistan, I give Shame to your parliamenterian .. and shame to those Pakistani citizen who support this.

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  • Jamshed
    Dec 18, 2013 - 1:13AM

    Why Pakistan is taking side for a murderer Kader Molla who raped 11 old muslim girl in 1971 in the name of Islam. Infact Molla has polluted Islam.

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  • rasgullah
    Dec 18, 2013 - 1:46AM

    Bangladesh should now pass a resolution condemning the brutal attack by Pakistanis on Balochistan.

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  • azmat khan
    Dec 18, 2013 - 2:05AM

    Bangladesh is an independent country.We should keep away and should avoid burning our fingers in the furnace of the country.Jamaat-e-Islami there is citizen of Bangladesh and is an influential component of the strong opposition headed by Khalida Zia of Bangladesh National Party (BNP).This strong opposition can grapple the government effectively.Our Jamaat-e-Islami is interfering in the affairs of Egypt also.
    Imran Khan is a puppet of Jamaat-e-Islami.But Chaudhri Nisar you should not play in the hands of the Jamaat.and issue statements against Bangladesh irresponsibly.You claim to be heavy mandate government and in this intoxication if any thing occurs to the interest of the country people would not spare you.

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  • saleem
    Dec 18, 2013 - 3:02AM

    What a disgrace that we do not want pakistanis living in camps since 71 in bangladesh to come back here at the same time want to support rapists and mass murderers in Bangladesh. They should punish all those criminals on 71 , with full evidence . Infact Bangladesh should take it to International Court of JusticeRecommend

  • Shamima
    Dec 18, 2013 - 3:03AM

    @ Raj, USA: excellent suggestion.There are also three million Bengalis living in Karachi alone.
    It would be a fair exchange. Somehow I don’t think the BD Government wants these people
    to come back to live in Bangladesh.

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  • Usman
    Dec 18, 2013 - 5:34AM

    @Raja Islam: Pakistan got independence from the Brits, not India. Learn your history.

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  • SHB
    Dec 18, 2013 - 7:39AM

    @kamal:
    Very good analysis of history. I appreciate your analysis and wisdom. Here is a comment where history is teaching us something which we did not pay attention.
    I hope moderator will allow my comment to go thru

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  • Last Word
    Dec 18, 2013 - 11:13AM

    Bangla Desh should ignore such useless resolutions, which are not worth lodging a protest as India does on many such passed against it by the Pak NA.

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  • Bengali
    Dec 18, 2013 - 3:39PM

    @Someone:
    Everyone but you know turkey rulling party pakistan jamati bangladesh jamati egyptian muslim brotherhood are the same team with different names. Recommend

  • sami
    Dec 18, 2013 - 8:22PM

    salute to u pakistanis…you are doing a great job by supporting a murdere and rapist..do you even have any idea about what happened in 1971?do you know how they deprived us?please go through the newspapers published at that time..then come and talk..stupid ppl..stop thinking about our country..you have so much to worry about your own country.morons!!

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  • M.S. Choudhury ( Please mention as Anynomous )
    Dec 18, 2013 - 11:24PM

    By these resolution by NA of Pakistan they have played into the hands of India and Shaikh Hasina. The Pakistani leaders have showed in 1971 and now that they are not mature enough. They would have helped themselves if they would have remained salient.Jamat E Islami, Bangladesh is always dubbed as Pro Pakistani ,the NA of Pakistan has given the seal to that propaganda.Pakistani politicians should try to be more intelligent.Recommend

  • truthbetold
    Dec 19, 2013 - 2:28AM

    “Jamat E Islami, Bangladesh is always dubbed as Pro Pakistani ,the NA of Pakistan has given the seal to that propaganda.”

    It is not just a propaganda. The JeI Bangladesh are not only pro-Pakistan but do indeed consider themselves Pakistanis. They actively colluded with the Pakistani army in 1971 in the horrible genocide. With the pronouncements and NA resolutions, this fact is now confirmed by Pakistan.

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  • truthbetold
    Dec 19, 2013 - 5:18AM

    @sami:

    “salute to u pakistanis…you are doing a great job by supporting a murdere and rapist..do you even have any idea about what happened in 1971?”

    Very valid questions. The answer is simple. They don’t really know the true history. Blame the Pakistan studies textbooks.

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  • polpot
    Dec 19, 2013 - 9:59AM

    @IK FAN: “ET is infested by indians from the comments I see.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    You mean ET is infected by indians from the comments I see.

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  • AK47
    Dec 19, 2013 - 10:45AM

    Creation of Bangladesh has clearly flawed the Two Nation Theory.

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  • AK47
    Dec 19, 2013 - 10:58AM

    Mulla sided with Pakistan army and is declared martyr by J.I Pakistan but Hakeemullah fighting against the same army is also a Shaheed. Quite confusing isn’t it.

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