Saturday, February 21

Pakistani Envoy demurs on Bangladesh Genocide Trials

Well, he would, wouldn't he? I quote:

People who collaborated with the Pakistan government during the freedom movement are called "war criminals" in Bangladesh.
During a heated discussion in Jatiya Sangsad (parliament), Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's special envoy Mirza Zia Ispahani was asked to "apologise for his audacious remark", New Age newspaper said Thursday. Ispahani is here on a five-day goodwill visit that is the first high level contact by Pakistan after the Hasina Government took office last month. Dhaka should not expect any cooperation from Islamabad "at this stage", Ispahani said Tuesday while responding to a media query on the proposed war crime trials.

War crimes is a prickly issue in Bangladesh-Pakistan relations as all the accused were either Pakistani nationals or armed bands propped up by the erstwhile East Pakistan regime to terrorise the civilian population. Many of the accused escaped to Pakistan after Bangladesh became free. Bangladesh says over two million people, mostly unarmed civilians, were killed during the nine month conflict. Ten years back, Dhaka had expelled a senior Pakistani diplomat posted at the high commission after he made disparaging remarks about the freedom struggle

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