A day after Pakistan’s lower house of parliament passed a resolution condemning the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Molla, Bangladesh’s ministry of foreign affairs summoned Pakistan’s top envoy in Dhaka to register its protest.
Pakistan High Commissioner Afrasiab Mehdi Hashmi was summoned on Tuesday evening to meet foreign ministry secretary Mostafa Kamal, the Daily Star reported.
“The war crimes trials are an internal matter,” Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali told reporters. Denouncing “uncalled for resolutions” on the verdicts of the war crimes trials in Pakistan, Ali said “it is tantamount to interference in our domestic affairs.”
The foreign minister insisted that Pakistan had acted beyond diplomatic norms in adopting the resolution.
“The trial of the war criminals will go on. No international conspiracy will be able to obstruct it,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 18th, 2013.
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