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Bangladesh summons Pak envoy to protest resolution on Molla

Bangladesh on Tuesday summoned the Pakistani envoy, a day after Pakistan`s Parliament adopted a resolution expressing concern over the execution of Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Molla.



Dhaka: Bangladesh on Tuesday summoned the Pakistani envoy here, a day after Pakistan`s Parliament adopted a resolution expressing concern over the execution of Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Molla for 1971 war crimes.

The foreign office summoned Pakistan high commissioner Afrasiab Qureshi to protest the resolution passed in Pakistan`s National Assembly which expressed concern over Molla`s execution.

"The Pakistani envoy has been summoned and the Secretary Bilateral Affairs Mr Mustafa Kamal is expected to hand over a protest note," senior foreign office spokesman told PTI without giving details.

According to well-placed sources, the foreign ministry was likely to protest the strong-worded resolution, which was moved by Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan member Sher Akbar Khan and was adopted with a majority vote yesterday.

Mollah was executed on Thursday for genocide during Bangladesh`s 1971 liberation war, hours after the Supreme Court rejected his review petition.

"This House expresses deep concern on hanging of a veteran politician of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh for supporting Pakistan in 1971," the resolution said.

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

Shortly before the meeting, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu told journalists that the foreign office would protest the Pakistan move and statement of Pakistan`s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan who said Mollah "was hanged through a judicial murder for supporting a united Pakistan in 1971".

"The statement of the Pakistan National Assembly shows that the country has not corrected itself and moved away from its 1971 policy," Inu said.
Denouncing the country`s stance on the execution of war criminal Mollah, he said that Pakistan has acted beyond the diplomatic norms adopting the resolution.

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