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December 19, 2013

Thousands storm Pak High Commission in Dhaka

December 19, 2013


DHAKA: Thousands of people stormed the Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka on Wednesday to protest against Islambad’s reaction over the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Molla convicted of ‘war crimes’ in 1971, which is the first execution of an alleged war criminal in the country.
The protesters gathered outside the Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka’s Gulshan diplomatic enclave after they broke through barbed wire barricades, media reports said.
A shoe was thrown by a protester who along with 50-60 protesters rushed to the embassy gate, chanting slogan “Joy Banla (Victory of Bengal).” Theshoe-throwing incident was caught on a TV camera.
Police earlier managed to stop the protesters at a Gulsan intersection nearly 1 km away from the high commission office.Being obstructed, the protesters staged a demonstration at the intersection for nearly 15-20 minutes. The entire area was abuzz for minutes with anti-Pakistan slogans.
But at one point the marchers started to scuffle with law enforcers to defy the barricade and proceed towards the high commission.At least seven people including a leader of the protesting group — “Ganajagoron Moncha” (Rousing Stage) — were injured as they clashed with the law enforcers to break at least two strong barricades to reach the Pakistan High Commission.
Police later evicted the protesters from the Pakistan High Commission gate.Meanwhile, protesters set alight Pakistani flags in Chittagong and Bogra to protest against what they called Pakistan’s interference in the execution of Abdul Quader Molla. Jamaat leader Molla, was hanged on Dec 12.
On Monday, the Pakistan National and provincial assemblies adopted the resolutions moved by Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan over Molla’s hanging.Bangladesh foreign ministry summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Mian Afrasiab Mehdi Hashmi Qureshi on Tuesday evening and “strongly protested against” Islamabad’s move.
People in various districts of

Bangladesh also staged anti-Pakistan demonstrations and burnt effigies of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Pakistani cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan for their concern over Quader Molla’s execution.
In Chittagong, a platform of citizens under the banner ‘Jege Otho Bangladesh’ set fire to Pakistani flag and burnt the effigy of Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in front of Cheragi intersection.They demanded of the Bangladesh government to break diplomatic ties with Pakistan.
Activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League Chittagong University unit set alight Pakistani flag on the university campus.In Bogra, ‘Nagorik Samaj’ set fire to a Pakistani flag in the city’s Satmatha intersection.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina decried Pakistan for adopting resolutions to air concern over the hanging of Abdul Quader Molla.“I strongly condemn the resolution adopted in Pakistan’s National Assembly,” she said at a meeting at Ganabhaban on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Pakistan condemned the storming of Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka and the incidents of burning of Pakistani flags by the Bangladeshi protesters.The Foreign Office spokesman said that Bangladesh is Pakistan’s neighboring Islamic country and Pakistan wants to strengthen ties with it.In a statement‚ he said Bangladesh should avoid blame game and the two countries should try to strengthen their relations.




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