Asma Jahangir blasts Pakistan government over reaction on SQC, Mojaheed hanging
Published: November 26, 2015 1:38 am
26 November 2015, Nirapad News: Pakistani rights activist Asma Jahangir came down hard on her government for demonstrating disproportionately high passion” against the execution of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed much more than those being hanged by military courts or Pakistanis executed in Saudi Arabia.
Quoting the first ever woman president of Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan, online version of the country’s Dawn newspaper said, the response sent a message that the government of Pakistan had extraordinary love and affection for the opposition members in Bangladesh than its citizens.
Expressing her dissatisfaction over the reaction given by Pakistan’s foreign office and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan after the hanging of SQ Chowdhury and Mojaheed for their crimes against humanity committed during the War of Liberation, Asma said, “Equal passion, we hope, will be shown by the government for the people on death row in Pakistan than being hanged elsewhere in the world by denying due process.”
“Pakistan should first take up the issue of capital punishment through unfair trials here and of those Pakistanis who were being consistently executed in Saudi Arabia and then show disproportionately high passion for the politicians of Bangladesh,” said Asma, who received award from the Bangladesh government for her father Malik Ghulam Jilani in 2013, for his role in favor of Bangladesh during the War of Liberation in 1971.
She said the government was only confirming the fact that the two men were political agents and working for the cause of Pakistan. Are these two Bangladeshi more important than the people living in Pakistan, she asked. If the answer is in the affirmative, the government should also explain why and what for.
“If they (Pakistan government) are against the death penalty or the undue process, they should look into the trials being conducted by the military courts,” Asma added.