ISLAMABAD  - Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan here on Friday said there was no doubt that political and religious leader Abdul Qadir Molla of Jamaat-e-Islami was hanged in Bangladesh because of his loyalty and solidarity with Pakistan in 1971.

Chaudhry Nisar expressed deep grief and concern over the incident of execution of Abdul Qadir Mullah. In a statement, the minister said even after passing of 42 years to the events of 1971, executing Abdul Qadir Mullah was very unfortunate and tragic step and some circles were declaring it a judicial murder.

Till the very end before creation of Bangladesh, he remained supporter of a united Pakistan and today every Pakistani was saddened and grieved on his death, the minister added.

Ch Nisar said it was demand of international relations, solidarity of Islamic Ummah and wisdom that conditions and events of the past should be put behind and a new era should be started. But with this unfortunate incident, an effort is made to revive old wounds of the past.

He said in reality whenever unfortunately any country falls victim to civil war then all sides in the conflict resort to violence.

It is necessary for peace and brotherhood that strategy of tolerating each other should be adopted in the larger national interest and this sentiment promotes real national solidarity.

He said it would have been better if the Bangladeshi government had shown farsightedness, large heartedness and magnanimity instead of opening old wounds.

APP adds: On the other hand, Foreign Office while commenting on the situation in Bangladesh said while it is not Pakistan’s policy to interfere in the affairs of any country, but it has noted the concerns raised by the international community and human rights organizations on the way recent trials have been conducted which have added to the current instability in Bangladesh.

FO spokesman said “As a friendly country and fellow Saarc member state, we are closely following the political developments as they unfold in Bangladesh.”

“We wish the brotherly people of Bangladesh well and hope that spirit of reconciliation and an atmosphere, free of violence, will prevail.”