This afternoon, the Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan in Dhaka Mr. Ahmad Hussain Dayo was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and conveyed the disappointment of the Government of Bangladesh at the comments made by a senior and important Cabinet member of the Government of Pakistan regarding the recent verdict by the International Crimes Tribunal, Bangladesh (ICT-BD) without appreciating the true perspective.
Terming the comments as unwarranted and inappropriate, Additional Foreign Secretary (Bilateral) said that they amounted to directly interfering with the internal affairs of Bangladesh. In addition, vested quarters in Pakistan were advised 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.
He pointed out that the trials enjoyed support of the mass people in Bangladesh and the wider international community to break the culture of impunity for the crimes against humanity and genocide 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, he added.
Noting the holding of demonstrations and provocative statements by Jamaat-e-Islami in Pakistan, AFS (B) further stated that Bangladesh expects that as a friendly neighbour, Pakistan would refrain from such activities as may hurt the sentiments of the people of Bangladesh and suggest misplaced sympathies for otherwise undeserving entities.
The Government of Pakistan was requested to take serious note of all these issues.
AFS (B) also handed over an Aide Memoire to the Acting High Commissioner.