Sheikh Hasina staging a ‘symbolic trials’ of 195 Pak Officers

Bound by a history of turbulence

Even as India and Pakistan warm up to each other, ties between Pakistan and Bangladesh appear to be on a free fall, writes Subir Bhaumik


Two days after Narendra Modi’s surprise touchdown at Lahore to extend the spirit of friendship with Pakistan, the investigating agency of Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal announced its decision to try 195 Pakistani officers and soldiers responsible for horrible atrocities during the liberation war. The chief coordinator of the agency, Abdul Hannan Khan, told media persons that formal charges against these 195 men will be framed. He said Pakistan had agreed to put them on trial during the 1974 tripartite agreement (Bangladesh, Pakistan, India), but had reneged on its commitment. This follows demands for their trial in Bangladesh by groups like the Sectors Commanders Forum that had submitted a memorandum to the envoy from Pakistan. Pakistan’s criticism of war crimes trials in Bangladesh has touched a raw nerve there amid evidence that the Inter-Services Intelligence has been funding Islamic militants to bring down the Sheikh Hasina Wajed regime.

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Sindh declares public holiday on Holi

In a first, Sindh declares public holiday on Holi


KARACHI: In an unprecedented move, the government of Sindh on Saturday notified Mar 24 as a public holiday throughout the province to mark the occasion of Holi – a religious festival of the Hindu community.

A spokesman for the Chief Minister House told that in the past, only the Hindu community was given a holiday on Holi.

“This is the first time Holi has been declared a public holiday anywhere in Pakistan.”

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I Love the U.N., but It Is Failing


I HAVE worked for the United Nations for most of the last three decades. I was a human rights officer in Haiti in the 1990s and served in the former Yugoslavia during the Srebrenica genocide. I helped lead the response to the Indian Ocean tsunami and the Haitian earthquake, planned the mission to eliminate Syrian chemical weapons, and most recently led the Ebola mission in West Africa. I care deeply for the principles the United Nations is designed to uphold.

And that’s why I have decided to leave.

The world faces a range of terrifying crises, from the threat of climate change to terrorist breeding grounds in places like Syria, Iraq and Somalia. The United Nations is uniquely placed to meet these challenges, and it is doing invaluable work, like protecting civilians and delivering humanitarian aid in South Sudan and elsewhere. But in terms of its overall mission, thanks to colossal mismanagement, the United Nations is failing.

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