• Turkey recalls Bangladesh ambassador after Islamist leader hanged

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    ANKARA: Turkey on Thursday recalled its ambassador to Bangladesh for consultations after strongly protesting the execution in the country of a top Islamist leader, the state-run Anatolia news agency said.

    Motiur Rahman Nizami, leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was hanged at a Dhaka jail late Tuesday for the massacre of intellectuals during the 1971 independence war with Pakistan.

    Turkey’s ambassador to Dhaka, Devrim Ozturk, is due to arrive back in Turkey on Thursday, the news agency added.

    The Turkish foreign ministry had already strongly condemned the execution, saying it did not believe that “Nizami deserved such a punishment.”

    It said that Turkey, which has abolished capital punishment, feared that the use of such methods risked creating “rancor and hatred between our Bangladeshi brothers.”

    Since coming to power in 2002, Turkey’s ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) has sought to boost the country’s power in the Muslim world well outside its Ottoman sphere of influence.

    Nizami, a 73-year-old former government minister, was the fifth and the most senior opposition figure executed since the secular government in the overwhelmingly Muslim nation set up a controversial war crimes tribunal in 2010.

    Turkey had last year also furiously slammed a death sentence handed to Egypt’s deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, who was a close ally of Ankara until he was overthrown by the military in 2013.

    AFP

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    1. Turkey is worried about its own skeletons in the closets. They will keep on denying anything which suggests that Muslims are involved in genocide. That is the only explanation for this once secular country when rest of the world is supportive of Shahbaug movement and efforts to bring the 1971 war crime collaborators to justice.

      Millions who lost their lives including the present prime minister’s father, Sheikh Mujibur Rehman who along with rest of her family were butchered by the same islamist backed thugs. Thousands who were raped included family members of doctors, professors, scientists and poets and intellectuals. What is Turkey afraid of?