Molla’s execution: Bangladesh’s PM condemns Pakistan’s stance

Published: December 19, 2013
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Sheikh Hasina. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Sheikh Hasina. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

The diplomatic row between Dhaka and Islamabad appears to have deepened on Wednesday, after Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina condemned Pakistan for its reaction to the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader Abdul Quader Molla.

Vowing to continue with the war crimes trial, Hasina also said her government would resist any attempt to create anarchy by the opposition.

Since the execution of Molla on December 12, Pakistan drew huge criticism from Bangladesh for its reaction over hanging of the JI leader. Earlier this week, the National Assembly adopted a resolution expressing concern over the execution of Molla.

Following the resolution, Bangladesh’s ministry of foreign affairs summoned Pakistan’s top envoy in Dhaka to register its protest.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 19th, 2013.

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  • Sohraab
    Dec 19, 2013 - 10:25AM

    Now even Bangladesh showing eyes to Pakistan!! This clearly reflects how weak our Leadership & Country has become.

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  • Usman
    Dec 19, 2013 - 10:31AM

    Justice must be done, against those who massacred Bengalis and those who massacred non-Bengalis.

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  • Lala Gee
    Dec 19, 2013 - 10:54AM

    We have no problem with you continuation of the war crimes trials if you

    1- Follow the internationally accepted rules of justice and provide the accused opportunity of fair trials.

    2- Also try the AL and Mukti Bahini goons for similar war crimes and genocide they committed upon the patriotic Bengali and Urdu speaking population during the 1971 war and later during 1972-1975 AL rule. For readers who don’t know, around 50,000 to 150,000 people were killed by the Mukti Bahini goons during 1971 war, and around 50,000 to 60,000 were massacred by AL workers during their rule in 1972-1975.

    3- Rename the the deceptively named International War Crimes Tribunal to Bangladesh War Crimes Tribunal as it has nothing to do with any international organization.

    Last, not a demand, but a sincere advice, follow the wishes of your own people instead acting like a stooge of India enforcing their strategic polices over your people, and you will see Pakistani government and people standing by your side.

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  • Mustafa
    Dec 19, 2013 - 10:58AM

    Why Express Tribune is not highlighting the stance taken by Turkey in condemning the execution..

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  • rasgullah
    Dec 19, 2013 - 11:16AM

    @Mustafa:
    Thats because Pakistan and Turkey are now two states, one nation. Looking at the path that the current government of Turkey is taking, it will become another Pakistan in few years.

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  • Hidayet
    Dec 19, 2013 - 11:41AM

    @rasgullah: I have been to Turkey and I will tell you that the Turks are far more advanced than India and enjoy a far better standard of living than most Indians. They are an independent country and a proud people. Turks don’t care what nobodies like Indians think about them.

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  • Harris
    Dec 19, 2013 - 11:46AM

    Shame on Bangladesh Government, executing people without fair trials. Even the international community has raised questions on the unfair trials. Its a political stunt by the government of bangladesh.

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  • YAN
    Dec 19, 2013 - 12:21PM

    The trail conducted in Pakistan and hanging of Zulfikar Butto,was it fair?If not then how can bangladesh be blamed

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  • YAN
    Dec 19, 2013 - 12:22PM

    ET Why r my comment always blocked?

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  • Komal S
    Dec 19, 2013 - 12:31PM

    @Lala Gee:
    Shouldn’t Pakistan and Pakistanis be the last country/people to talk about war trials in Bangladesh. Pakistan Government being the biggest culprit in the 1971 should be focusing on remorse instead of critiquing the trials.

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  • Munir
    Dec 19, 2013 - 2:18PM

    Sheikh Mujeeb (founder of Awami League) ruled Bangladesh from April 1971 – January 1972. Why these cases were not opened at that time. Its time for Bangladesh to move forward and improve the lives of its poverished people. Sheikh Hasina should learn lesson from Nelso Mendela and should work to create harmony among its people. Bangladesh has not suffered the way South African suffered during Apartheid, sincere advise to Bengaladeshi intellectuals, plz advise the government not to create Hysteria among its own people about the past. These all who are fighting on the streets are bengalis… so work hard to let them live in peace in their homeland.

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  • Lala Gee
    Dec 19, 2013 - 3:32PM

    @Lala Gee:

    Add on, Its good Pakistan passed a resolution in its National Assembly condemning the murder of a patriotic Pakistani Abdul Mulla , it must follow that up by giving a Soul of Pakistan Award to Mr. Abdul Mulla a well, for he bravely fought for an United Pakistan and killed several enemy.

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  • saeed minhas
    Dec 19, 2013 - 4:52PM

    no doubt its BD internal matter but the way resolution was passed and the comments passed by the interior minister it clearly showed that Pakistan Govt… only criticised the death sentence decision like many others did around the world . now when i see BD Govt.. reactions- protests and burning of flags etc, it looks as if they have changed their diet chart . now they have started eating meat instead of rice , the way hasina reacted reminds us of her fathers stance of calling NA’s session in Dhaka instead of Islamabad, clearly violating the rules and procedures of the parliamentary process. Govt.. of Pakistan should also react but they didn’t . i don’t know why, after infuriating the matter. anyway either GOP should take firm stand or quit it al together.

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  • Mazhar.A.Khan
    Dec 19, 2013 - 5:14PM

    Something nice in the shape of advise it’s written here:
    Last, not a demand, but a sincere advice, follow the wishes of your own people instead acting like a stooge of India enforcing their strategic polices over your people, and you will see Pakistani government and people standing by your side.

    Though I disagree with the gentleman, No one likes our standing by their side….Nor we should.

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  • Lala Gee
    Dec 19, 2013 - 5:25PM

    @Munir:

    During those days 71-74 Bangladesh was scared of Pakistan and did not initiate murder proceedings, now Bangladesh is acting as if its strong country. Pakistan must send a strong msg to Bangladesh that if it pursues with murdering patriotic JI men who are still in Bangladesh who uphold the Islamic values …Bangladesh will face the wrath of the Ummah

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  • Sumon
    Dec 19, 2013 - 5:32PM

    Why interfare our internal matter

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  • Dec 19, 2013 - 5:33PM

    Why interfare our internal matter!!

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  • Sumon
    Dec 19, 2013 - 6:14PM

    I don’t know, why didn’t publish my first comment???

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  • Khilji
    Dec 19, 2013 - 6:35PM

    @Sohraab:
    Have you been sleeping all this time? Bangladesh had crossed Pakistan in many spheres a long time back.

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  • Sumon
    Dec 19, 2013 - 7:17PM

    History against u so why don’t publish my comments???

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  • Concerned
    Dec 19, 2013 - 7:22PM

    arent war criminals supposed to be tried in Hague or somewhere centraly?

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Dec 19, 2013 - 8:29PM

    On one hand national assembly passing resolution against the judiciary of Bangladesh while on the other hand claiming not to interfere in the internal affairs of this country .

    It is due to visible duelities in the policies of Pakistan , this country has got entangled in the present mess even then she is not ready to learn from her past mistakes .

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  • G. Din
    Dec 20, 2013 - 1:13AM

    @Lala Gee:
    “- Rename the the deceptively named International War Crimes Tribunal to Bangladesh War Crimes Tribunal as it has nothing to do with any international organization.”
    No, it is not deceptively named. When they have taken care of Bangladeshi traitors, they will start on the international side by demanding all Pakistani war criminals be extradited to their country where they will be tried and executed.

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  • Turk
    Dec 20, 2013 - 2:01AM

    @Lala Gee: Care to support your claim ? Share your source of information to enlighten us.

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  • powvow
    Dec 21, 2013 - 4:45PM

    @Lala Gee – “Pakistan must send a strong msg to Bangladesh that if it pursues with murdering patriotic JI men who are still in Bangladesh who uphold the Islamic values …”

    Huh!!! Since when have raping 11 yrs olds or mass murders become Islamic values… With people like you upholding these ‘Islamic values’, its no wonder that Islam has got a bad name and the world is wary of Islam. In fact this is a golden opportunity to cleanse Islam of this vermin and redeem yourself.

    “Bangladesh will face the wrath of the Ummah”
    Nobody in the so-called ummah gives a toss about this. Other than Turkey who made a half-hearted feeble protest, everybody especially the Arabs are ‘mashgul’ with their fun & frolic… You guys too seem to be confused and playing for both the teams (condemn Bangladesh, not interfere in Bangladesh’s internal affairs)..

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  • indian
    Jan 5, 2014 - 9:37PM

    @Hidayet:
    turkey was better because of mustafa kamal pasha. now since they have started acting like
    mullah terrorists they are going to be another religiously rabid place like pakistan.

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  • zeeshan
    Jan 5, 2014 - 11:55PM

    Why do I find so many I Indian trolls on a Pakistani news site? Don’t u have ur own forum to throw mud at pak?? Just mind ur own business pls…
    As far as the case of molla is concerned, we must understand that he was a supporter of a united Pakistan. U can’t blame our govt to stand behind a person who wanted that…that’s Justified. Bangladesh should look ahead. Let bygones be bygones!

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