ISLAMABAD – The National Assembly adopted a resolution expressing concern over hanging of JI Bangladesh leader Abdul Quader Mullah for his loyalty with Pakistan during the events of 1971.
The resolution was passed with majority votes. Meanwhile the PPP and MQM opposed the resolution.
The resolution moved by Sher Akbar Khan also expressed condolences with Bangladesh and family members of Abdul Qadir Mullah.
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Imran Khan, Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, Maulana Amir Zaman, Sheikh Rashid and others backed the resolution.
The House demanded of the BD government not to resurrect the issues of 1971 and end all cases against leaders of JI Bangladesh through the spirit of understanding. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F and other parties backed the resolution.
Imran Khan said lawyer of an international human rights organization called Reprieve, who was defending the case of 93 year old Abdul Qadir Mullah, told him that the JI leader was innocent and had nothing to do with the charges against him. He said fall of Dhaka tragedy gives us a lesson that issues should be handled democratically and not through military operations.
Meanwhile the PPP and MQM opposed the resolution. Abdul Sattar Bachani, a PPP MNA, while speaking in the National Assembly opposed the idea of Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan for a unanimous resolution to condemn the hanging of Jamaat’s Bangladesh leader.
The lawmaker said: we should not object to a decision of an independent country like Bangladesh.
He raised the question as to whether Mollah was not responsible for the killing of thousands of Bengalis.
The MNA said that PPP founder Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was also dubbed killer of thousands of people after his conviction.
MQM MNA Abdul Wasim and Abdul Aattar Bachani demanded of the government to present the Hamoodur Rehman Commission report regarding the fall of Dhaka. Abdul Waseem of MQM said we should learn lesson and ruminate how to avoid national tragedies in future.