Cutting ties with Pakistan demandedStaff Correspondent
Ganajagaran Mancha on Wednesday issued an ultimatum to the government to severe diplomatic ties and other relations with Pakistan in 20 hours or it would again lay siege to Pakistan high commission in Dhaka.
Ganajagaran Mancha spokesman Imran H Sarkar issued the ultimatum at a rally in front of Austarlian high commission in Gulshan.
The youth-led platform campaigning for capital punishment for all war criminals made the demand as the Pakistan National Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution expressing concern at the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Molla on charge of crimes against humanity committed during the war of independence in 1971.
Ganajagaran Mancha activists laid siege to the Pakistan high commission at about 4:00pm defying police obstruction. They chanted anti-Pakistan slogans and also threw at least three pairs of shoes at the high commission.
The protestors carrying placards inscribing ‘Pakistan don’t try to save your dogs’, ‘Pakistan oil your own machine’, ‘We don’t need any Pakistan High Commission in Bangladesh’ thronged Gulshan 2 square at about 2:30pm to march towards the Pakistan high commission.
Witnesses said that the police tried to intercept the procession near Gulshan 2 intersection where the activists burnt the national flag of Pakistan. Ganajagaran Mancha activists, however, managed to cross the police barricade and marched towards the high commission.
At least eight activists including sculptor Ferdousi Priyovashini were injured during the chaos.
Ganajagaran activist singer Pritom told New Age, ‘Bangladesh Chhatra Maitree president Bappaditto Basu and Nafis Bindu were been injured in police assault when they tried to march towards the Pakistan high commission.’
Both of them were rushed to united hospital.
According to the witnesses, two photo journalists including Hasan Raja of Prothom Alo and Asif Mohammad Ovi of Banglanews24.com were injured s the police charged baton to disperse the activists.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police Gulshan division deputy commissioner Lutful Kabir said that during the scuffle Banani police station Mizanur assistant sub-inspector Rahman was also hurt and he was later sent to the police hospital at Razarbagh.
After the siege of Pakistan high commission, Ganajagaran activists also demanded punishment of police men involved in assault on activists and burned two more Pakistan flag in front of Australian high commission and Spain embassy.
Later, Lutful Kabir requested the Ganajagaran Mancha leaders to finish their rally and assured them of taking stern action against the police men involved in the assault.
Witnesses said that a group Ganajagaran activists tried to march towards Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s house and the police chased them and charged baton on them in about 300 yards away of the house.
At the rally, about 1,000 people including film maker Nasiruddin Yusuf Bacchu, writer Shahriar Kabir, rights activist Khushi Kabir, journalists Shahin Reza Nur and Masuda Vatti were present.
Earlier on Tuesday, a senior foreign ministry official summoned the Pakistan high commissioner and lodged a ‘strong protest’ against the National Assembly resolution regarding Quader Molla, calling it interference in the internal affairs of Bangladesh.
Quader Molla was hanged on December 12 on charge crimes against humanity.
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