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Dhaka protesters call for expulsion of Pak envoy over Molla resolution

19 December, 2013

DHAKA: Hundreds of slogan-shouting demonstrators gathered outside the Pakistan High Commission here on Wednesday demanding the expulsion of the Pakistani envoy after resolutions were adopted by the Pakistani National Assembly expressing concern over the execution of senior Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh leader Abdul Qader Molla for 1971 war crimes.

The protesters, mainly youngsters and 1971 war of independence veterans, were planning to lay a siege to the embassy as anger mounted all over the country after Molla was called "a supporter of the undivided Pakistan".

Molla was executed on Thursday for genocide during the 1971 war, hours after the Supreme Court rejected his review petition. The Pakistan National Assembly adopted a resolution, saying, "This House expresses deep concern on hanging of a veteran politician of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh for supporting Pakistan in 1971."

Tight security was in place around the Pakistan High Commission complex as several groups marched from Shahbag Square to the building, demanding the expulsion of High Commissioner Afrasiab Mehdi Hashmi.

Bangladesh Tuesday summoned the Pakistani envoy and lodged a strong protest against the resolutions adopted by the National Assembly and the Punjab Assembly and also the remarks made by a senior cabinet minister on the verdict of the war crimes tribunals.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Foreign Office has said that Bangladesh is our neighbouring Islamic country and Pakistan wants to strengthen ties with it. In a statement, the Foreign Office spokesman said that both Pakistan and Bangladesh should avoid a blame game and try to strengthen their relations further.

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