Foreign Office Spokesman, Nafees Zakaria on Sunday said that Pakistan is deeply saddened over Bangladesh’s execution of top Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali for alleged crimes committed before December 1971 through a flawed judicial process.
Bangladesh hanged Ali on Saturday for alleged war crimes. The key Jamaat-e-Islami leader was convicted in November 2014 of a series of crimes committed during the 1971 independence conflict, including the abduction and murder of a young fighter. Ali is the last prominent JI leader to face execution. Five opposition leaders including four JI leaders have been executed for war crimes since 2013.
Bangladesh government in recent past in the guise of trials has hanged number of political opponents in the country. Gruesome act of hanging of political leaders has creating quite a stir at international level and government of Bangladesh has received severe criticism. Last time when Bangladesh hanged another leader of Jamaat-i-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon regretted the hanging. He said that he stands against the death penalty under any circumstances, reflecting the global trend away from capital punishment. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has already questioned the silence of world powers over the execution of veteran Islamist leaders in Bangladesh and has termed it as ‘double standards’. International organizations have also raised questions on the fairness of trials; judicial process is way below from the international standards. Best way forward for Bangladesh is to forget what happened in 1971 and start building its soft image in the world. Giving punishments to the people who fought for Pakistan in 1971 doesn’t make any sense.
The recent revenge hangings in Bangladesh are a blatant violation of human rights.