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Pak Minister?s Remarks
Envoy summoned, protest lodged 
Diplomatic Correspondent
Publish Date : 2014-11-07,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 900
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday summoned the Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan in Dhaka Ahmad Hussain Dayo to the Foreign Office to convey strong protest of the Bangladesh government against Pakistan Interior Minister's comments against the death sentence on Jamaat Ameer
Motiur Rahman Nizami for his 1971 war crimes.
Additional Foreign (Bilateral) Secretary Mizanur Rahman handed over a protest note (an Aide Memoire) to Ahmad Hussain Dayo in which the statement of Pak Minister has been termed as interference in the internal affairs of Bangladesh.
Terming the comments as unwarranted and inappropriate, the protest note said: "It amounted to directly interfering with the internal affairs of Bangladesh."
Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan ventilated his `frustration' on the verdict against Motiur Rahman Nizami.
The Foreign Office note said that instead of appreciating the true perspective the Pakistan leaders have issued statement which does not encourage friendship, cooperation and trade between the two countries of SAARC. Islamabad has been requested to take serious note of all these issues in future.
In addition, the protest note advised the vested quarters in Pakistan to mind their own business and set their house in order rather than try to interfere with the matters which fell within Bangladesh's domestic jurisdiction.
The Aid Memoire pointed out that the trials enjoyed the support of the Bangladesh people and the wider international community to break the culture of impunity for the crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation of the country in 1971.
It was only through ensuring justice that the wounds and trauma inflicted by those crimes in our national psyche can be healed and put behind, the Foreign Office note added.
Referring to the holding of demonstrations and issuing of provocative statements by Jamaat-e-Islami in Pakistan, the Foreign Office note stated that Bangladesh expects that as a friendly SAARC country, Pakistan would refrain from such activities that may hurt the sentiments of the people of Bangladesh.

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