Nisar terms Qadir Mulla’s hanging a judicial murder, NA concerned over incident

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday described the capital punishment to a Jamat Islami leader from Bangladesh Abdul Qadir Mulla as a “judicial murder” as National Assembly adopted a resolution to express concerns on the incident.

Amidst varying view point of the parties, the resolution moved by JI member Sher Akbar Khan was adopted with a majority vote. “This House expresses deep concern on hanging of a veteran politician of Jamat-e-Islami Bangladesh for supporting Pakistan in 1971”, said the resolution moved by Sher Akbar Khan.

The House expressed grief and sorrow with bereaved family and demanded to avoid from reviving the wounds of 1971 and amicably resolve the cases against Bangladeshi leaders of Jamat-e-Islami.

Earlier, speaking on a point of order in National Assembly, the Minister had said that Mulla Abdul Qadir “was hanged through a judicial murder for supporting the United Pakistan in 1971”.

The minister said Abdul Qadir Mulla remained patriotic to pre 1971 Pakistan and his hanging has once again reminded Pakistanis of the wounds of separation of East Pakistan.

He said the government fully supports the resolution prepared by Jamat-e-Islami Pakistan as this incident is an eye opener for the Pakistani nation and the leadership.

“We claim to have democracy in country but still are far off the democratic attitudes and approaches. We need to learn as a nation from debacles like separation of East Pakistan”.

He expressed grief and sorrow with the Bangladeshi nation and followers of Abdul Qadir Mulla who was penalized to support the Pakistan of pre 1971 era.

The minister however clarified that Pakistan respects sovereignty of Bangladesh but execution of Mulla Abdul Qadir was on the basis of the charges leveled against him to support the united Pakistan.

When some opposition members remarked the other way on this incident and demanded of discussing the Hamood-ur-Rehman Commission report instead of hanging of Abdul Qadir Mulla, the Interior Minister said, it was astonishing for him.

“I believed that people will not politick on a judicial murder. It is our tradition that we forget our bitterness when somebody dies or killed”, Nisar said.

Since some PPP and MQM members had spoke against the resolution, the minister said, there is nothing against sovereignty of Bangladesh in this resolution.

Later, these parties voted against the resolution when it was moved to the House after suspension of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in National Assembly.