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Pakistan saddened over hanging of JI leader of Bangladesh

Pakistan saddened over hanging of JI leader of Bangladesh


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Wednesday said it was deeply saddened over the hanging of Ameer Jamat e Islami Bangladesh Moti ur Rehman Nizami for the alleged crimes committed before December 1971 and termed it against the spirit of democracy.

His only sin was upholding the constitution and laws of Pakistan, Foreign Office said in a statement.

The act of suppressing the opposition by killing their leaders through flawed trials is completely against the spirit of democracy.

The Foreign Office said the execution was also unfortunate for the people of Bangladesh who had elected Nizami as their representative in the Parliament.

Pakistan offers condolences to the bereaved family members and the followers of Nizami, Foreign Office said.

The statement pointed that ever since the beginning of trials several international organizations human rights groups and international legal figures have raised objections to the court proceedings.

They particularly mentioned the fairness and transparency as well as reported harassment of lawyers and witnesses representing the accused.

The international community has objected to the steps taken by Government of Bangladesh to impose restrictions on the independence of judiciary, it said.

The Foreign Office said as part of the 1974 Tripartite Agreement the Government of Bangladesh decided not to proceed with the trials as an act of clemency .

The Government of Bangladesh therefore should uphold its commitments as per the Agreement, the Foreign Office said

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