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Pakistan is deeply saddened over the hanging of the Ameer of Jamat-e-Islami Bangladesh, Mr. Moti-ur-Rehman Nizami, for the alleged crimes committed before December 1971. His only sin was upholding the constitution and laws of Pakistan.

The act of suppressing the opposition by killing their leaders through flawed trials is completely against the spirit of democracy. The execution is also unfortunate for the people of Bangladesh who had elected Mr. Nizami as their representative in the Parliament.

Ever since the beginning of the trials, several international organizations, human rights groups and international legal figures have raised objections to the court proceedings, especially regarding fairness and transparency, as well as reported harassment of lawyers and witnesses representing the accused. The international community has objected to the steps taken by Government of Bangladesh to impose restrictions on the independence of judiciary.

As part of the 1974 Tripartite Agreement, the Government of Bangladesh “decided not to proceed with the trials as an act of clemency”. The Government of Bangladesh therefore should uphold its commitments as per the Agreement.

Pakistan offers condolences to the bereaved family members and the followers of Mr. Nizami.

11 May 2016

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