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Hasina slams Khaleda

Dhaka, Dec. 21 (PTI): Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed today criticised BNP chief Khaleda Zia for her silence on a Pakistani parliamentary resolution against the hanging of a fundamentalist leader for war crimes.

“She feels pain to speak against Pakistan. So, she need not stay here. Go to Pakistan,” Awami League head Hasina said about the Bangladesh Nationalist Party chief.

Last week, Bangladesh executed Jamaat-e-Islami leadetr Abdul Quader Mollah for “crimes against humanity” committed during the 1971 Liberation War by collaborating with Pakistani troops.

Pakistan’s National Assembly passed a resolution that expressed deep concern at the hanging of Mollah for “supporting Pakistan in 1971”. The assembly in Pakistan’s Punjab province passed a similar resolution.

Hasina had earlier criticised Pakistan, saying the resolution proved that it has “never accepted the victory of Bangladesh in the Liberation War of 1971”.

Several people were injured earlier this week when hundreds of demonstrators clashed with police outside the Pakistani High Commission demanding the expulsion of High Commissioner Afrasiab Mehdi Hashmi Qureshi over the resolution.

Army deployment

Bangladesh will deploy soldiers and paramilitary personnel for 15 days from next week ahead of the January 5 elections. Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad today said army personnel will set up camps in every district.

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