SAARC pull out result of Pakistan’s protest on war crimes trial: Sheikh Hasina

Asked what is her government's stand on the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, Hasina said the situation "concerns us".

By: PTI | Dhaka | Published:October 2, 2016 7:47 pm
bangladesh, sheikh hasina, bangladesh war crimes, pakistan, pakistan on war crimes, war crimes in bangladesh, saarc, saarc summit, saarc summit cancelled, india news, world news Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan, New York. (Reuters)

Terming Pakistan a “defeated force”, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said Islamabad’s protests over recent execution of a 1971 war crimes convict prompted Bangladesh to pull out of the SAARC Summit.

“Pakistan is a defeated force. We defeated them in our Liberation War (in 1971), as a defeated force they can tell many things which matters little to us… Pakistan’s view is nothing but the aspersion of a defeated party, which of
Bangladesh should consider in that manner,” she said.

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Pakistan’s protests over recent executions of a 1971 war crimes’ convict prompted Bangladesh to take the decision not to join the 19th SAARC summit to be held in Islamabad, Hasina said at a press meet here, a day after returning from New York where she attended the UN General Assembly.

“The diplomatic ties will be there… we will face them (Pakistan) diplomatically,” the Prime Minister said. She asked Bangladeshis to think about the relationship of “cohorts and patrons” of perpetrators of 1971 war crimes against humanity who carried out genocides siding with Pakistani troops during the Liberation war, in an oblique reference to main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led by former prime minister Khaleda Zia.

“BNP’s founder General Ziaur Rahman rehabilitated them (war criminals) after 1975… She (Zia) rewarded the (now executed) war criminals making them ministers in her cabinet.

“Before severing diplomatic relation with Pakistan, people of Bangladesh should consider cutting off links with their local cohorts and boycott them in the social and political arena,” Hasina said.

Asked what is her government’s stand on the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, Hasina said the situation “concerns us”.

“We do not want any tension, war-like situation… in that case we will also be affected and our development of the region will be disrupted. What we sincerely expect is the two countries will settle their issues through dialogue bilaterally,” she said.

Ties between Bangladesh and Pakistan witnessed strain after Dhaka initiated the trial of Bangladeshi perpetrators of 1971 war crimes in 2010 in line with Hasina’s electoral pledges, with Islamabad repeatedly condemning the trials.

In the latest such incident, Pakistan reacted to execution of a business tycoon and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali last month saying “the act of suppressing the opposition, through ‘flawed trials’, is completely against the spirit of democracy”, angering Dhaka.

Bangladesh so far carried out judicial execution of six condemned war criminals, five being leaders of Jamaat which was opposed to the 1971 independence.

The 19th SAARC Summit was postponed after the pull-out by India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan indirectly blaming Pakistan for creating an environment which was not right for the success of the meet. Later, Sri Lanka also pulled out of the summit which was scheduled for November 9-10 in Islamabad.

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    Ikok
    Oct 2, 2016 at 3:07 pm
    BD killing old people in pledge to BJP for support.. All above 60 and 70 what a slave and barberic mind..
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      MyTake
      Oct 2, 2016 at 10:06 pm
      The fact of the matter is, everyone will find their own reason to avoid stan! lt;br/gt;Even majority stanis who are hold hostage by their Generals, if given the chance, will do the same! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;These Generals are nothing but progeny of Saitans!
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        MyTake
        Oct 2, 2016 at 10:12 pm
        [“stan is a defeated force. We defeated them in our Liberation War (in 1971), as a defeated force they can tell many things which matters little to us… stan’s view is nothing but the aspersion of a defeated party, which oflt;br/gt;Bangladesh should consider in that manner,” she said.]lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Well said. Only Bangladesh so far has put them in right place, where from they are unlikely to come out but only to shout at pers by!
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        sdas
        Oct 2, 2016 at 2:39 pm
        Terroristan has been meddling in Bangladesh's affairs since their independence. Reasom - they lost the land for good. Wjhen BNP came to power, they tightened the controls and dictated political parties. With the re-emergecnce of Hasina, they are slipping again and terroristan;s only allt is Turkey. Even their Middle Eastern friends did not help them.
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