Bangladesh fully capable of handling riots over war crimes verdict

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 01, 2013 11:20 hrs

Terming the riots in Bangladesh over a war crimes verdict as an internal matter of that country, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Friday said the government sitting in Dhaka is fully capable of handling this situation and that the law will take its own course.

Khurshid said it is a very touchy political issue for some sections of the Bangladesh polity.

"I am sure the government is fully capable of handling this. The fact that it's leading to violence is of course sad. We can only say that and hope that the government is not going to allow the normal functioning to be derail by what is an unfortunate development. The law will take its own course is our confidence. And that's certainly the sense I visited Bangladesh. We should allow the law to take its own course," he told media outside Parliament here.

Khurshid further said it's sad that any such violence is happening in Bangladesh.

"Clearly, accountability for what happened in 1971 is being imposed and it is being insisted upon, is being done through legal process and the legal process also has a system of appeal since on and it's an outcome of a legal process there should not necessarily be any further questions about it," he added.

According to reports, at least 42 people have been killed so far following the clashes triggered by a death sentence given to an Islamic party leader for crimes linked to Bangladesh's 1971 independence war.

Top Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee was convicted on Thursday of for mass killings, rape and atrocities committed during Bangladesh's 1971 independence war.

The Jamaat leader's supporters clashed with the police, attacked government offices and uprooted railway tracks in parts of the country.

Jamaat, the largest Islamic party in Bangladesh, is an ally of the country's main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party led by ex-Premier Khaleda Zia and was a partner in her government during 2001-2006.

Bangladesh was the eastern wing of Pakistan until it gained independence in 1971. (ANI)

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