The Foreign Office on Friday defended the recent resolution adopted by the National Assembly condemning Bangladesh’s execution of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Molla but insisted the move was not aimed at interfering in the internal matters of Bangladesh.
“Certainly the purpose was not to interfere, but it reflected our desire to look towards a brighter future in the spirit of the 1974 tripartite agreement between Pakistan, India and Bangladesh where it was agreed that we would let bygones be bygones and focus on a better future,” foreign ministry spokesperson Tasnim Aslam told reporters on Friday during the weekly briefing.
She also said Pakistan would not like to get into responding to everything that may have been said in the public demonstrations.
“However, we call upon Bangladesh to adopt the spirit of reconciliation and wish its people peace, stability and progress,” she added.
UN anti-drone resolution
Answering a question, Tasnim called the UN General Assembly resolution against the use of armed drones a big step forward to persuade the US to stop the policy of unilateral strikes on Pakistani soil.
She, however, acknowledged that the UN General Assembly did not have any enforcement mechanism but maintained that a similar anti-drone resolution would be introduced in the next session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 21st, 2013.