Bangladesh has summoned Pakistan’s High Commissioner Mian Afrasiab Mehdi Hashmi Qureshi in Dhaka to lodge its protest over the resolution adopted by the National Assembly of Pakistan expressing concern over the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh leader Abdul Quader Mollah, confirmed the Foreign Office.
Talking to Business Recorder, Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam confirmed that Pakistan’s High Commissioner in Dhaka Mian Afrasiab Mehdi Hashmi Qureshi was summoned to Bangladesh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday. Though further details would come on Wednesday, she said that as per telephonic conversation with the High Commissioner, the Bangladeshi government had regretted the National Assembly’s resolution passed on Monday.
She further said that the High Commissioner was also conveyed that execution of Abdul Quader Molla was an internal matter of the Bangladesh and it had nothing to do with Pakistan. According to Bangladeshi media reports, Bangladesh Secretary (bilateral) Mustafa Kamal conveyed the government’s protest and handed the High Commissioner an “Aide-mémoire”. In a press statement the Bangladesh foreign ministry said Hashmi Qureshi was called to lodge a protest against the resolutions adopted by the Pakistan National Assembly and the Punjab Provincial Assembly.
“The Secretary conveyed in unequivocal terms that the war crimes trial in Bangladesh was an internal matter and as such the uncalled for resolutions on the verdicts of the war crimes trial tantamount to interference in the domestic affairs of Bangladesh,” it added. The National Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution against the execution of Abdul Quader Molla, which offered condolences to the supporters and family of the executed JI leader. The resolution had urged the Bangladesh government to refrain from reviving the issues of 1971 and should end cases against the JI leaders.