Pakistan’s Punjab provincial assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution seeking conferment of the country’s highest civil award, the Nishan-e-Pakistan, on Bangladeshi Jamaat leaders including Mitiur Rahman Nizami who were executed for war crime. All of them were convicted of crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war. Reports The Asian Age
Earlier in May, a resolution was moved in the Punjab provincial assembly by Opposition leader and PTI member Mehmoodur Rasheed after Bangladesh hanged senior Jamaat-e-Islami leader Motiur Rehman Nizami for war crimes.
The Opposition leader argued against the executions in Bangladesh and demanded the Pakistan government must raise the issue before international human rights organisations. Mr Rasheed claimed that the Bangladeshi government had awarded death penalties to Jamaat-e-Islami leaders “for their love of Pakistan.”
Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq claimed Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed was working on instructions of the Indian government.
Mr Haq led funeral prayers in absence of the Bangladesh Jamaat leaders. A resolution was moved in the National Assembly as well to condemn the Nizami execution.
Al-Badar commander and war criminal Jamaat E Islami mentor and chief Matiur Rahman Nizami has been hanged to death on May 10. Before Nizami Jamaat leader Kader Mollah, Kamaruzzaman , Ali Ahsan Nizami and BNP leader Salah Uddin Kader Chowdhury had been hanged after being convicted of crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 liberation war.
The Nishan-e-Pakistan means Order of Pakistan is the highest of civil awards and decorations given by the Government of Pakistan for the highest degree of service to the country and nation of Pakistan. The award was established on 19 March 1957.
The Nishan-e-Pakistan, unlike other honours, is a highly restricted and most prestigious award and is only conferred for the merit and distinguished services to the country, international community, and foreign relations. This award, like other civilian awards, is announced on 14 August each year and its investiture takes place on following 23 March. Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal NPk.