Pak envoy's comment on trial of war criminals protested | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, February 18, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 18, 2009

Pak envoy's comment on trial of war criminals protested

Forum for Secular Bangladesh and Trial of War Criminals of 1971 yesterday condemned the statement of the special emissary to Pakistani president Zia Ispahani on the issue of the trial of war criminals.
Leaders of the forum in a statement said after his meeting with Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, the envoy told journalists that it is not the right time to discuss the trial of war criminals and it should not be the main issue.
Protesting the remark of Zia, special emissary to Pak President Asif Zardari, they also said the genocide that carried out by the Pakistani occupation forces with the help of the local collaborators in 1971 is known to all.
Trial of the war criminals is now internationally recognised. The present government came to the power as it had committed to try the criminals. A proposal was also adopted in the parliament to begin the trial process soon, the statement said.
The government has every right to try the war criminals and Pakistan should cooperate with Bangladesh in this regard to maintain a sustainable friendly relation, it added.
The leaders said it is expected that Pakistan would provide all-out support to Bangladesh for the sake of establishing justice and human rights, rather than taking the side of war criminals.
The civil society of Pakistan also wants to bring the war criminals to trial and the Pak government should respect the opinion of its people as well as those of Bangladesh, they mentioned.
Signatories to the statement include Prof Kabir Chowdhury, Shahriar Kabir and Kazi Mukul.

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