Upholding Pakistan constitution Nizami’s ‘only sin’, says Islamabad

Nizami was executed in the first hour of Wednesday for the carnage he unleashed on Bengalis as the commander of Al-Badr militia to stop a secular Bangladesh being carved out of Islamic Pakistan in 1971.

He was the chief of the Jamaat-e-Islami, which collaborated with Pakistan during Bangladesh’s war of independence in 1971.

Islamabad has been reacting to the war crimes trials ever since the process began in 2009.

After the apex court’s dismissal of Nizami’s review plea, Islamabad, on May 6, said they had noted the verdict with “deep concern and anguish”.

Dhaka, however, reacted to that statement by summoning Pakistan High Commissioner Shuja Alam and handed him a protest note.

On Wednesday, Islamabad said it was “deeply saddened” over the hanging of the Jamaat-e-Islami chief.

“His only sin was upholding the constitution and laws of Pakistan. The act of suppressing the opposition by killing their leaders through flawed trials is completely against the spirit of democracy,” it said in the statement.

“The execution is also unfortunate for the people of Bangladesh who had elected Mr Nizami as their representative in the Parliament.”

Pakistan also claimed that the international community “has objected to the steps taken by the government of Bangladesh to impose restrictions on the independence of judiciary”.

It also said that, as part of the 1974 Tripartite Agreement, the government of Bangladesh “decided not to proceed with the trials as an act of clemency”.

Dhaka, however, had said earlier that Pakistan continued to present a “misleading, limited and partial interpretation” of the underlying premise of the Tripartite Agreement of April 1974.

“The essential spirit of the Agreement was to create an environment of good neighbourliness and peaceful co-existence,” the foreign ministry stated in an earlier protest note handed over to the Pakistan envoy.

“The agreement never implied that the masterminds and perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide would continue to enjoy impunity and eschew the course of justice,” the note reiterated.

“Rather Pakistan has systematically failed in its obligation to bring to justice those of its nationals identified and held responsible for committing mass atrocity crimes in 1971,” the note also pointed out.

The foreign ministry, in the protest note on Monday, also said through its repeated statements Pakistan once again acknowledged its “direct involvement and complicity” with the mass crimes committed during Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971.

“It is a matter of great regret that Pakistan continues to comment in the misguided defence of this convicted criminal”.

“These uncalled for reactions amount to direct interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign country which is totally unacceptable,” said the protest note.

Source: Bangladesh’s First Internet Newspaper