ISLAMABAD - Bangladesh yesterday negatively responded to Islamabad’s call for Dhaka to refrain from carrying out revenge executions through flawed trials, terming it “interference in the internal affairs” of the country which was formerly a part of Pakistan.

Bangladeshi government summoned Pakistan’s High Commissioner Shuja Alam and lodged strong protest over Pakistan’s condemning the executions of two pro-Pakistan opposition leaders who were both charged with 1971 war crimes, making another blow to already uneasy relations between the two states.

Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury and Jamaat-e-Islami secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid were hanged at Dhaka Central Jail on Sunday.

“Yes, High Commissioner Shuja Alam was called at the foreign ministry,” an official at Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka said, adding that Alam was conveyed displeasure of the Bangladesh by acting foreign secretary Meezan-ur-Rehman, who said executions is their internal matter. Pakistani envoy assured Meezan he would convey the reaction to Islamabad, the official added.

The opposition parties say the trials were politically motivated while independent observers say the process adopted for the trials has stark flaws.

Chowdhury had been convicted on of charges of torture, rape and genocide during the 1971 war, while Mujahid was ‘found guilty’ on charges of genocide, conspiracy in killing intellectuals, torture and abduction.

“We have noted with deep concern and anguish the unfortunate executions…,” Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman Qazi Khalilullah said in a statement the other day. Pakistan also took notice of the international community’s reaction to the flawed trials, he added.