Dhaka demonstrators protest Pakistan's reaction to Molla's execution

Published: December 18, 2013
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Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Molla. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Molla. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

DHAKA: Thousands of people entered the diplomatic zone outside the Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka on Wednesday, Express News reported.

The procession of ‘Ganajagaran Mancha’ was organised today to protest Pakistan’s reactions on the execution of war crimes convict and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Qadir Molla, bdnews24.com reported.

Police attempted to stop the demonstators, but they broke through the barricade and proceeded towards the High Commission inside the diplomatic zone.

Earlier, the activists had demonstrated against what they described as “Pakistan’s interference”, on a road beside Gulshan-2 circle.

The demonstrators chanted anti-Pakistan slogans.

Commissioner summoned

On December 17, Bangladesh had summoned Pakistan High Commissioner in Dhaka Mian Afrasiab Mehdi Hashmi Qureshi to Bangladesh’s Ministry of foreign affairs to lodge its protest over the resolution adopted by the National Assembly of Pakistan expressing concern over the execution of Molla.

Bangladesh Secretary (bilateral) Mustafa Kamal had 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 December 16 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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Reader Comments (69)

  • Ali
    Dec 18, 2013 - 5:17PM

    Being a Pakistani i think we should first be focusing on our own internal issues rather poking our nose in Bangladesh’s internal matters. The country itself is going through tough times and need to formulate a policy to control this chaos.

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  • Nikki
    Dec 18, 2013 - 5:18PM

    It was expected, why Pakistan is interfaring in BD’s internal matter? It should keep its house in order first.

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  • Rationalist
    Dec 18, 2013 - 5:26PM

    This is what happens when you start interfering others domestic issues. Better clear the mess from in your own country first.

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  • Qamber
    Dec 18, 2013 - 5:45PM

    Pakistan have to reply strongly on diplomatic platform.

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  • Rana Farooq
    Dec 18, 2013 - 6:02PM

    This the age we live in when true muslims are murdered by the state.

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  • Faisal
    Dec 18, 2013 - 6:17PM

    Shoot them if they enter inside the high commission’s premises.

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  • Shankar
    Dec 18, 2013 - 6:17PM

    Pakistani policy makers do nt have pragmatic approach,BD is not EAST PAKISTAN now.
    Lear from December 16,1971.Be focused on Balochistan,and FATA.

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  • Ather
    Dec 18, 2013 - 6:21PM

    So Express Tribune does not gets coverage of protests against this judicial murder and in favor of Pakistan NA resolution …

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  • Asad
    Dec 18, 2013 - 6:29PM

    @Rana Farooq:
    The ET news team lacks professional journalistic standards and code of ethics, probably that’s they support only one side…

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  • mirza
    Dec 18, 2013 - 6:39PM

    We crying because this man was supporter of united Pakistan and against the so called BD.
    Those who say its their intrnal matter not thinking deeply,
    Now a days people who are infavour of Pakistan in Baluchistan,Sindh,KPK,AJK and other areas may face the same fate in future if we dont condemn today this judicial murder.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 18, 2013 - 6:40PM

    JI will not leave us in peace with other countries. This party which has less than 5% support in general public but it can trick government and other right wing parties to fall into its trap.

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  • polpot
    Dec 18, 2013 - 6:41PM

    @Nikki: “why Pakistan is interfaring in BD’s internal matter? ”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Cause Pakistan is the moral leader of the Muslim World.
    Dont believe me?

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  • rasgullah
    Dec 18, 2013 - 6:50PM

    @Faisal:
    If Pakistan follows your logic, then it would be having embassy in Baluchistan shortly.

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  • SM
    Dec 18, 2013 - 6:56PM

    Where is this non-interference brigade when outsiders interfere in Pakistan’s internal matters?

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  • roadkashehzada
    Dec 18, 2013 - 7:09PM

    @SM:
    they are busy
    dancing with USAID, dinner at UKAID and Bakra at saudi/uae embassy

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  • roadkashehzada
    Dec 18, 2013 - 7:28PM

    come on non interference brigade, this guy fought for pakistan, its not a matter of intefering in other countries, its a matter of protecting allies.
    the only issue is, pakistan should have raise the issue internationally when the so called commission started operation at sub par standards of justice. nothing will bring a dead man back, but we can shout to save others.

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  • Indian
    Dec 18, 2013 - 7:45PM

    If this would have been INDIA, mubashir lucman, zaid hamid and
    gairat brigade would have been calling for JIHAAD….
    SHAME ON THEM….

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  • its ok
    Dec 18, 2013 - 8:19PM

    @ all bangladeshis and dhaka protesters.
    why you people are taking pakistan seriously, no body take them that way. you people are doing well, execute the rest of the criminals, it is in interest of your country (sovereign). why do you here those who can’t protect their sovereignty (from drones) and keep poking nose in other’s matter.

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  • Anwar
    Dec 18, 2013 - 8:21PM

    Can we once and for all accept that Bangladesh is a sovereign nation and not a colony of Pakistan? It was part of Pakistan for only 24 years and, as I write these lines, it has survived for good 43 years as a sovereign nation. When will Pakistanis stop dreaming and accept this simple historic reality as fait accompli? The hanging of Abdul Qadr Molla is Bangladesh’s internal matter. He was tried for war crimes in the court system of that nation in accordance with it laws and found guilty, period. The fact that no one was ever put on trial for similar crimes in Pakistan doesn’t mean Bangladesh should follow suit. If Bangladesh, or any respectable member of the community of nations, has to survive, it will need to confront the past, admire its heroes and punish its traitors.

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  • Raj - USA
    Dec 18, 2013 - 8:28PM

    Protests are OK. However, Pakistan’s embassy should be protected and the embassy staff should not be harmed either.

    Knowing Bangladeshis, I am sure they will not act in such a manner, nor will their government (even Hasina Wajid’s government) will not allow such. It can get out of hands only in Jamat cadres do something unwanted.

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  • sherrry
    Dec 18, 2013 - 8:34PM

    @Indian:

    senseless

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  • powvow
    Dec 18, 2013 - 8:43PM

    @roadkashehzada – I hope you realize the difference between fighting for the country and raping 11 yr olds… No wonder Pakistan is in a mess, with folks like you, unable to differentiate between right and wrongs.

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  • B
    Dec 18, 2013 - 8:54PM

    India should be congratulated to the tilt for having a hand in Bangladesh, Afghanistan, TTP, Iran, Karachi, etc. All of them are happy to work with India.

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  • saleem
    Dec 18, 2013 - 9:05PM

    They have every right to protest, the resolution by our National Assembly was stupidity. If the Government of Bangladesh can find more evidence of the killers of 71 , more people should be punished . After all the world is still looking for Nazis and punisheing them

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  • Pakistan
    Dec 18, 2013 - 9:18PM

    Protesters not only raised slogans but also burnt Pakistani flag in front of HC.

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  • Azeez
    Dec 18, 2013 - 9:27PM

    @its ok: well said.

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  • Fact-finder
    Dec 18, 2013 - 9:46PM

    @mirza: You mean to say that these people are doing similar activities in Baluchistan, Sindh, occupied Kashmir, KPK etc. as were done by Molla, Kasai of Mirpur, in Bangladesh ?

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  • Amir
    Dec 18, 2013 - 9:51PM

    Being a Pakistani, I do agree with Bangladesh as to why are we interfering in their internal affairs. So Bangladesh courts hanged someone they found guilty.

    It is probably our clergy who is now scared that this could also be done to them :)

    And their reputation is at stake….which off-course they rather have a beef stake.

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  • Raj - USA
    Dec 18, 2013 - 10:12PM
  • Yasir Mehmood
    Dec 18, 2013 - 10:21PM

    Dhaka demostrators and PTI demonstrators have a lot in common.Recommend

  • Ifz
    Dec 18, 2013 - 10:31PM

    A crude way to divert the attention of people from the real issue i.e hanging of an innocent man, by the Gov. of Bangladesh. This shows they have still to grow up!Recommend

  • np
    Dec 18, 2013 - 11:01PM

    @roadkashehzada: This guy and over a hundred thousand others loyal to Pakistan wanted to move to present day Pakistan once East Pakistan became Bangladesh. Pakistan did not allow that. If it had done so, this day would not have come.

    Either you recognise their loyalty to Pakistan and allow them to become Pakistani citizens or you kep out of the issue which relates to citizens of another country. Cannot have it both ways.Recommend

  • Mahfuj Robi
    Dec 18, 2013 - 11:07PM

    the nation that cant control its own border trying to control Bangladesh. funny…

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  • Fahad Iqbal
    Dec 18, 2013 - 11:08PM

    We don’t need any diplomatic relation with Pakistan.we the university teachers should not refer any book, reference or even quote any name of Pakistani intellectuals in class room.we have to boycott Pakistani product. Pakistan and Pakistani people should apology to Bangladesh. Pakistani so called civil society people should not be invited in any of our programme.Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka should close immediately.

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  • Mahamud
    Dec 18, 2013 - 11:12PM

    I thing Pakistan need to Oil his own Machine cos this county is now suffering by taleban. Pakistan is now bed situation then Bangladesh. So they have to concern for own matter fast. Bangladesh is economically strong then pakistan.

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  • Sharif
    Dec 18, 2013 - 11:43PM

    Hello Pakistan, just think about drone attack,militancy in your country.We are free nation.We are Bangladeshi.Don’t try to interfere in our internal matter.Shame on you people,who passed the resolution. Recommend

  • jiten
    Dec 19, 2013 - 12:12AM

    I thing Pakistan need to Oil his own Machine cos this county is now suffering by taleban. Pakistan is now bed situation then Bangladesh. So they have to concern for own matter fast. Bangladesh is economically strong then pakistan…………

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  • Ismail
    Dec 19, 2013 - 12:19AM

    @mirza:
    “We crying because this man was supporter of united Pakistan and against the so called BD.”
    Yes, you are accepting that, he was a war criminal, no,not in your eyes, in our eyes, in the eyes of Bangladeshis. & how dare you said “so called BD”? Respect others, if you want respect from them..

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  • Bashar
    Dec 19, 2013 - 12:29AM

    Do you know people call him “Kosay Quader” (Butcher Quader)? Do you think raping an eleven years old girl is called fighting for country?

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  • Saleh
    Dec 19, 2013 - 12:37AM

    Pakistan has never even apologized for the atrocities they committed against our people during our War of Liberation. They have harbored Al Qaeda for years including sheltering the most wanted terrorist in the world. They have supported and carried out terrorist attacks throughout South Asia including in Bangladesh. Their Parliament has just demonstrated their complete and utter lack of credibility and character. That they have done this in our Victory Month when we defeated them 42 years ago makes this even more insulting.

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  • Dec 19, 2013 - 1:06AM

    Pakistan also should punish their war criminal 71 not applaud, only this way the nation could get rid of their eternal sin done to millions of innocent people of Bangladesh in 1971.
    otherwise the entire nation suffer more

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  • shiplu
    Dec 19, 2013 - 1:22AM

    Bangladesh in not East Pakistan anymore.. you are already proven as loser so why you are trying to interfere on that countries internal matter which defeat you in (ONE NINE SEVEN ONE).

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  • sayed chittagong
    Dec 19, 2013 - 1:42AM

    BD is not EAST PAKISTAN.
    Lear from December 16,1971. every war criminal willbe punished. . . . .Recommend

  • M. Emad
    Dec 19, 2013 - 3:03AM

    December is the ‘Month of Defeat and Mega-Surrender’ for Pakistan.

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  • H Chaudhry
    Dec 19, 2013 - 7:52AM

    All Benglas – Chill out! Agree no reason for this resolution. Totally unnecessary and unwarranted. Pakistan NA shouldnt have done this.

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  • nikki_2501@yahoo.com
    Dec 19, 2013 - 7:52AM

    @Raj – USA:

    Thanks for sharing useful link,Raj.

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  • nikki_2501@yahoo.com
    Dec 19, 2013 - 7:55AM

    @sayed chittagong:

    Every Pakistani know that BD is not EAST PAKISTAN, so we already writing and sending our messages.Can you tell us who killed Shaikh Mujib and why? He was patriotics. We really want to know that fact, please share with us.Thanks
    Nikki

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  • polpot
    Dec 19, 2013 - 8:14AM

    Pakistans Foreign Policys’s ABC’s………
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    A for Afghanistan
    B for Bangladesh
    C for China.

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  • polpot
    Dec 19, 2013 - 8:16AM

    “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. ”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Translated; This house demands of the Pakistan government not to rake up the memories of 1999 and all cases against Musharraf should be settled amicably,” read the resolution.

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  • Taimur
    Dec 19, 2013 - 8:33AM

    @Fahad Iqbal
    Please start this process of disengagement by not reading Pakistani papers….as the first step.

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  • polpot
    Dec 19, 2013 - 8:36AM

    “Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan “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 said.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    And the media says Pakistan has no Foreign Minister!

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  • king
    Dec 19, 2013 - 9:39AM

    @rasgullah!!you have been dreaming this dream since a year now?hu??you will dream inshallah for the rest of your life as well,

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  • Adam Ali
    Dec 19, 2013 - 9:46AM

    Dear all Pakistanis, pls protest your member of parliament for keeping nose to other nations internal affairs. Bangladesh is not East Pakistan now, so you can’t pass any resolution against any country’s judgement. When Parvez Musharraf shot Benajir Bhutto where is your resolution? Pls oil your own machine. This is Bangladesh not Pakistan. Don’t try to make chaos in BD like PK. BD is more safe and developing country and also emerging nation in the world far far better away from Pakistan.

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  • Naeem
    Dec 19, 2013 - 11:56AM

    Which country doesn’t have internal issues? Does that stop India from being child that has it’s candy taken away, in the international arena? You can’t sit quietly when matters that concern you are being manipulated to shove all the blame for a war on you.

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  • powvow
    Dec 19, 2013 - 12:57PM

    @king – “you have been dreaming this dream since a year now hu??you will dream inshallah for the rest of your life as well,”

    Well we Indians will continue dreaming and Pakistan will continue fulfilling our dreams….

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  • Md.Faridul Islam
    Dec 19, 2013 - 1:58PM

    Pakistan never apologize for the atrocities they always commit.They have harbored Al Qaeda for years including sheltering the most wanted terrorist in the world. They have supported and carried out terrorist attacks throughout South Asia including in Bangladesh.They have to focus on their crisis.If they not apologize then near future Pakistan have to suffer much. Each and every sector will be very dangerous for Pakistan.So,Plz do not interfere to the inner activities of Bangladesh.Each and every war criminal will be hanged up………..Inshallah…………Joy Bangla.

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  • Talha Rizvi
    Dec 19, 2013 - 3:11PM

    To all Bangladeshi Trolls take back the three million Bengalis living like leaches off us. Take them back as they are involved in every thing from land grabbing, encroachment, terrorism , prostitution.

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  • Shankar
    Dec 19, 2013 - 3:14PM

    @polpot:
    I for India too dont forget

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  • Rashel
    Dec 19, 2013 - 4:44PM

    Hey imran khan…whats ur activity against USA drone attack.2 months before u said, ur party block the road which usa army used still now.its a political stunt & doing this in ur country.why u poking ur nose in others matter.Remember 10/15 lac pakistani lived in my country peacefully.R u want to break the peace?In ur country u & ur people searching peace…..but its vanish long time ago.why foreign country cancel all cricket tour in our country….?find out the cause,may be better job for u.

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  • Abid Fukistan
    Dec 19, 2013 - 4:53PM

    Please don’t interfere in other countries internal affairs. Pls, don’t interfere in other countries affairs.Recommend

  • Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan
    Dec 19, 2013 - 6:09PM

    All Indian cyber Hindu extremists pretending to be Bengalis, please don’t interfere in Pakistan’s domestic policies or its relations with other countries. Stop posting on a Pakistani newspaper. Your comments are not welcome here.

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  • Ali Reza
    Dec 19, 2013 - 6:10PM

    All Indian cyber Hindus pretending to be Bengalis, please don’t interfere in Pakistan’s domestic policies or its relations with other countries. Stop posting on a Pakistani newspaper. Your comments are not welcome here.

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  • khan
    Dec 19, 2013 - 7:05PM

    Why pakisthan is interfering with bd internal mater. They should oil their own machine…

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  • alex
    Dec 19, 2013 - 9:05PM

    pakistan refuses to allow its loyal citizens in bangladesh,like stranded urdu speaking biharis to migrate& become its citizens.similarly other arab countries like the biggest arab don,saudi arabia, do not permit pseudo-arabs,more loyal to arabia than the actual arabs,like the pakistanis to acquire saudi/UAE citizenships. so,while all the time cursing USA/britain, they still have the longest queues for visas outside consulates &embassies of western,so called kaafir countries

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  • ABS BASHAR
    Dec 19, 2013 - 10:38PM

    This is really unfortunate and unacceptable what Pakistan did about the internal matter of a sovereign country like Bangladesh.We strongly protest it and will do so until Pakistan says SORRY openly. Otherwise, we will appeal to our government to untie the diplomatic relationship with Pakistan.It is a question of our sovereignty and independence.Beside it, Pakistan should think how it can manage his own country rather then thinking about others.

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  • Alley
    Dec 20, 2013 - 1:02AM

    Bangladesh Police defended the Pakistan High Commission’s premises from the protesters.

    That’s how we roll in Bangladesh.

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  • Dmith
    Dec 20, 2013 - 7:02AM

    Dear all…kindly acknowledge the heinous crimes that he had committed during 1971 and then define innocence. Five out of the Six claims had been proved in the Supreme court of BD. People in Bangladesh are very surprised to see Imran khan in favor of this war criminal.

    http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2013/02/05/molla-directly-tied-to-2-crimes-complicit-in-3

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  • Shiful Alam
    Dec 20, 2013 - 11:25AM

    You Pakistan should concentrate on your own issues like Drone Attack, Extremist Taliban, poor governance, and so many factors. Don’t interfere in our matters. We are trialing those culprits who collaborated the occupational forces in 1971 who killed and raped thousands people in Bangladesh. You will never be our friend, rather there is a great possibility you will remain as our foe forever. In fact the people of Bangladesh don’t like any Pakistani. So do your business. One more issue, never try to forget ’71, that was your fate. Try to learn from that history, and protect your states like Baluchistan. Now we are a sovereign country and doing very well. We are so proud of being a Bangladeshi and Bangali. We love our country so much, at the same we hate your Pakistan.

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  • Raisani Baloch
    Dec 21, 2013 - 12:52AM

    All –

    Stop talking about Balochistan here! For Indians and Bengalis, Balochistan has lot more Pushtun population that is content with Pakistan. The Balochies brothers are being played by some of these tribal leaders but some of us who have education can see the turth. Pakistan Government will need to be clever in Balochistan now but dont have wet dreams about it breaking away from Pakistan.

    Thanks

    A karachi raised Baloch from Panjgur.

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