Pakistan parliament condemns Nizami hanging

Pakistan’s parliament today passed a unanimous resolution expressing “concern” and condemned the hanging of war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami.

Sidewise, the country’s foreign ministry has issued a statement voicing sadness over the execution. It also termed the execution “unfortunate.”

The resolution, a second since the execution of another war criminal Abdul Quader Mollah, came a day after Dhaka told Pakistan to “stop meddling in Bangladesh’s internal affairs.”

Pakistan resolution concerning Nizami is available, in its native Urdu language, in its parliament’s official website. The statement is available in Pakistan foreign ministry’s website.

Pakistan’s Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanvir Hussain moved the resolution at the parliament today, reports Radio Pakistan. The resolution was unanimously passed.

On points of order, Sahibzada Tariqullah, Shaista Pervaiz and Shah Mahmood Qureshi condemned the execution of Nizami, who was hanged for war crimes yesterday.

They said the execution was a violation of agreement signed among Bangladesh, India and Pakistan in 1974. They were of the view that the execution is a judicial murder and violation of human rights.

At the outset of the proceedings, Pakistan parliament offered Fateha for Nizami.

Speaking on the resolution, Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique called for immediate steps with the cooperation of other Islamic countries for stopping these executions in Bangladesh.

Members while condemning the executions, emphasized that the matter should be raised in the United Nations. They also called for convening and OIC meeting to discuss the issue.

The incident takes place a day after Dhaka summoned Pakistan’s high commissioner in Dhaka Shuja Alam and handed him a strong protest urging Islamabad not to meddle in Bangladesh’s affairs.