Bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Pakistan soured anew as the two countries summoned each other’s top diplomats over Islamabad’s condemnation of the hanging of Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami.
Bangladesh has strongly reacted to a resolution unanimously passed by Pakistan Parliament condemning the execution of Nizami on Wednesday. Hours before the Parliament resolution, Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement also condemning the execution, which Bangladesh considers an interference into its internal affairs.
On Thursday, Pakistan summoned Bangladesh’s acting High Commissioner Nazmul Huda and handed over its resolution expressing “serious concerns” over the execution. Officials said Huda was summoned by Director General (South Asia) and acting additional secretary of Pakistan Foreign Ministry Mohammad Faisal.
In retaliation, Mizanur Rahman, secretary (bilateral) at Bangladesh’s Foreign Ministry, summoned Pakistan’s local envoy Shuja Alam at his office to express Dhaka’s concerns.
In the note verbale handed over to Alam, Bangladesh said that by siding with those Bangladesh nationals who are convicted of crimes against humanity and genocide, Pakistan has once again acknowledged its direct involvement and complicity with the crimes of mass atrocities committed during the War of Liberation in 1971, for which Nizami was hanged.
“It is a matter of great regret that Pakistan continues to comment in the misguided defence of this convicted criminal,” the note reads.
“These uncalled for reactions amount to direct interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign country, which is totally unacceptable,” it says.
Bangladesh also said that “Pakistan should in no way make biased, flawed and unfounded comments about the independent judiciary of a sovereign country.”
“The malicious campaign by Pakistan against the trials of the crimes against humanity and genocide in Bangladesh is on, which is an impediment to bilateral relations,” it added.
Alam was told to take serious note of the points raised by Bangladesh and bring those to the attention of the competent authorities in Pakistan.
On Wednesday, Pakistan Foreign Ministry in its statement said “His (Nizami’s) only sin was upholding the constitution and laws of Pakistan."