Dhaka, September 4 : An extremely upset Bangladesh has summoned the Pakistani High Commissioner in Dhaka on Sunday . The summons is to lodge a protest against the way in which the Pakistani state has reacted to the execution of war criminal Mir Quasem Ali. Pakistan had issued an official statement condemning the execution of the criminal. The current Pakistani High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Samina Mehtab will attend to the summons by the Bangladeshi government. Earlier in a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry, Pakistan had said it was “deeply saddened” by Bangladesh’s execution of the war criminal and leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, Mir Quasem Ali. Pakistan also highlighted what it thought was a “conviction through a flawed judicial process”. Also Read - Pakistan Likely to Tie up With Turkey in Manufacturing Missiles, Fighter Jets: Report
Emphasis should be laid on the fact that rather than spending time for proper analysis of the due process of the law, the Pakistani government sent out a statement condemning the execution within barely an hour of the death sentence being carried out. Mir Quasem is popularly recognised as a 63-year-old media tycoon in Bangladesh. He is the sixth Islamist to be executed for war crimes by Bangladesh for committing war crimes during the 1971 Bangladeshi freedom struggle from Pakistan. (ALSO READ : 1st Bangladesh vehicle to enter India through land border arrives here tomorrow) Also Read - Next One on Imran Khan: Shashi Tharoor Responds To Pakistani Comedians Viral Video on His English
The exact statement from the Pakistani Foreign office read, “Pakistan is deeply saddened over the execution of the prominent leader of Jamat-e-Islami, Bangladesh, Mir Quasem Ali, for the alleged crimes committed before December 1971, through a flawed judicial process,” It added that “The act of suppressing the Opposition, through flawed trials, is completely against the spirit of democracy. Ever since the beginning of the trials, several international organisations, human rights groups, and international legal figures have raised objections to the court proceedings, especially regarding fairness and transparency, as well as harassment of lawyers and witnesses representing the accused.” Also Read - Pakistan Ready to Resolve All Outstanding Issues With India Through Dialogue, Says Imran Khan
The statement from the Pakistani Foreign office also added “Recriminations for political gains are counter productive. Pakistan believes that matters should be addressed with a forward-looking approach in the noble spirit of reconciliation.” .Pakistan has called on the Bangladeshi government to uphold its commitment, as per the Tripartite Agreement of 1974, wherein it was “decided not to proceed with the trials as an act of clemency”. However, Pakistan mounted a direct opposition to the Bangladeshi position when it said that it offers deepest condolences to the bereaved family members. Pakistan itself committed innumerable war crimes in Bangladesh during the 1971 Liberation struggle and is naturally inclined to support the war criminals that reinforce its position.