LAHORE – The government of Bangladesh should immediately stop victimising those who had played a role in keeping Pakistan united back in 1971 and resisting the dismemberment of what was once the biggest Islamic state.
This was demanded by the participants of a seminar held under the auspices of the Nazaria Pakistan Trust at Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Pakistan here on Saturday.
Former president Muhammad Rafiq Tarar chaired the seminar which was attended by lawyers, defence and political analysts and people from other walks of life.
The gathering adopted a resolution which stated that like other countries Bangladesh was also facing a number of problems but it was ironic that instead of grappling with those challenges, the government of Bangladesh had decided to revive the 42 year old controversies.
The government, the resolution said, was victimising its political opponents. The so-called International Crimes Tribunal, set up to try the people who had resisted the separation of the East Pakistan, had been rejected by legal experts across the world.
It said the people of Bangladesh, governments of Islamic and other countries, ulema and intellectuals had condemned such activities.
Seeking release of all those arrested or detained, the resolution called upon the Bangladesh government to give a roadmap for democracy.
Instead of accusing Pakistan, its army or those who believe in one Ummah, the Bangladesh government should expose the role played by the Indian army, intelligence agencies and leadership in the dismemberment of Pakistan. Also, the resolution said, those who were claiming they had consigned the Pakistan Ideology to the sea should be unmasked.
The resolution said the Pakistan government, Islamic countries, the world community, the United Nations, International Court of Justice and International Human Rights Commission should take notice of the victimisation being carried out by the Bangladesh government.
It urged the Pakistan government not to leave alone those who had put their lives at risk for the unity of Pakistan.
The seminar participants praised Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Tunisia, Sudan, Malaysia, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt and leaders of other countries protesting against the victimisation going on in Bangladesh.
The speakers of the seminar included former president Muhammad Rafiq Tarar, former chief justice Mian Mehboob Ahmed, SM Zafar, Qayyum Nizami, Col (r) Ikramullah Khan, Dr Ajmal Niazi, Tariq Ismail Sagar, Syed Naseebullah Gardezi, Brig (r) Farooq Hameed Khan, Maulana Muhammad Shafi Josh, Maj Gen (r) Rahat Lateef, Col ZI Farrukh, Dr MA Soofi, Prof Saleem Mansoor Khalid, Amirul Azeem, Abdul Ghaffar Aziz, Begum Mehnaz Rafi, Allama Ahmed Ali Kasuri, Dr Perveen Khan, Shujaat Hashmi, Aziz Zafar Azad, Rauf Tahir, Brig Nadir Mir, Dr Yaqoob Zia, Muhammad Husain Malik, Prof Yousaf Irfan, Mian Ibrahim Tahir, Manzoor Husain Khan and Rafaqat Riaz. Shahid Rashid conducted the proceedings.
TheNation Editor-in-Chief Majid Nizami said in his message that the pro-India Prime Ministerr Hasina Wajid had learnt no lesson from the fate of her father Sheikh Mujib.
He said the incumbent Bangladesh government was pushing the country to anarchy and chaos.
People of Bangladesh, Nizami said, were fully aware that India was their enemy and was trying to create confusion and unrest in their country.
Referring to the so-called tribunal which is trying various leaders, he said international jurists and institutions had declared it repugnant to all principles.
He called upon the Pakistan government to apprise the UN and the world community of the situation in Bangladesh.