The Pakistan foreign ministry in a statement on Wednesday said convicted war criminal and the Jamaat-e-Islami chief’s “only sin was upholding the constitution and laws of Pakistan”.
“Rather Pakistan has systematically failed in its obligation to bring to justice those of its nationals identified and held responsible for committing mass atrocity crimes in 1971,” it pointed out by Shahriar Alam.
He spoke to journalists in his reaction over Islamabad’s statement after the execution of war criminal and Jamaat chief Motiur Rahman Nizami.
Jamaat chief Nizami was executed in the small hours for killing unarmed people and intellectuals as the commander of Al-Badr militia during Bangladesh’s War of Independence from Pakistan in 1971.
Dhaka had earlier said that Pakistan continued to present a “misleading, limited and partial interpretation” of the underlying premise of the Tripartite Agreement of April 1974.
“The essential spirit of the Agreement was to create an environment of good neighbourliness and peaceful co-existence,” the foreign ministry had said in the protest note to the Pakistan envoy.
“The agreement never implied that the masterminds and perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide would continue to enjoy impunity and eschew the course of justice,” the note reiterated.
Islamabad has been reacting to the war crimes trials ever since the process began in 2009.
After the Supreme Court’s dismissal of Nizami’s review plea, Islamabad on May 6 said it had noted the verdict with “deep concern and anguish”.
Dhaka reacted to the statement by summoning Pakistan High Commissioner Shuja Alam and handing him a protest note.
Pakistan claimed that the international community “has objected to the steps taken by Government of Bangladesh to impose restrictions on the independence of judiciary”.
It said as part of the 1974 Tripartite Agreement, the government of Bangladesh “decided not to proceed with the trials as an act of clemency”.
The state minister told that there had been no agreement with Pakistan that “can stop us from trying the war criminals”
“They are making misleading arguments,” he said, “no country in the world except Pakistan has had headache over our war crimes trial”.