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Pakistan and Bagladesh argue over an Islamist leader

The 1971 war ruined the relation between the two nations, about three million people were killed in the war and thousands of women were raped

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File photo of Moulana Motiur Rahman Nizami, former chief of the Jamaat-e-Islami, addressing a rally protesting against Western newspapers that published cartoons on Prophet Mohammad in Dhaka February 11, 2006. REUTERS/Rafiqur Rahman
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ISLAMABAD/DHAKA- Pakistan and Bangladesh summoned each other’s ambassadors on Thursday to register “strong protest” in connection with a row over the execution of an Islamist leader in Bangladesh this week, both sides said in statements.

The two Muslim countries used to be two halves of the same one until Bangladesh broke away in a 1971 war of independence.

Bangladesh has in the past few years been prosecuting people accused of carrying out crimes in support of Pakistani forces during the war, and has executed five of them, the most recent one, Motiur Rehman Nizami, on Wednesday.

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Pakistan said Nizami’s hanging was “unfortunate” and attempts by Bangladesh to malign Pakistan were “regrettable,” though it was not clear what Bangladeshi statement Pakistan was referring to.

Bangladesh summoned the Pakistani ambassador in Dhaka to register its “strong protest” over statements by Pakistan.

A young protester. Wikimedia Commons
A young protester. Wikimedia Commons

Relations between the two countries have never recovered from the 1971 war when Bangladeshi nationalists, backed by India, broke away from what was then West Pakistan.

About three million people were killed in the war, Bangladesh says, and thousands of women were raped.

Some Bangladeshi factions including the Jamaat-e-Islami, an Islamist party, opposed the break and some if its members, including Nizami, have been prosecuted by a Bangladeshi war crimes tribunal set up in 2010.

“The government of Bangladesh deeply regrets that despite Bangladesh’s repeated overtures, the malicious campaign by Pakistan against the trials of the crimes against humanity and genocide in Bangladesh is continuing,” Bangladesh said in a statement.

International human rights groups say the tribunal’s procedures fall short of international standards but Bangladesh  rejects that and the trials are supported by many Bangladeshis.

Turkey withdrew its ambassador to Bangladesh on Thursday over Nizami’s hanging. (Reuters)

 

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People Criticized Me For Recreating Songs, Says Jubin Nautiyal

I will on original numbers only: Jubin Nautiyal

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People Criticized Me For Recreating Songs, Says Jubin Nautiyal
People Criticized Me For Recreating Songs, Says Jubin Nautiyal,flickr

Singer Jubin Nautiyal, who has lent his voice to new versions of songs like “The humma song” and “Tu jo mila raabta”, says he has been criticized for doing recreations.

Nautiyal was speaking at the second season of “Talking Music” on Saavn, a music and audio streaming service.

“I have been facing criticism for doing recreations. People don’t like me doing recreations. People tell me you have an original voice and you have an original way of doing things, why do you have to recreate things… I believe a song has music writers, singers, music directors, arrangers but the song in itself is of utmost importance,” Nautiyal said in a statement.

The singer says when he works on a track, he gives his full attention to it.

“I don’t pay attention to where it has come from, is it a recreation or anything else. When a singer starts thinking about these things that’s where he messes up with what he is doing at that present moment. So, when I’m enjoying in that moment, it always works,” he added.

But Nautiyal says he will now only focus on original numbers.

Jubin Nautiyal,singing recreational song
Jubin Nautiyal,singing recreational song, flickr

“People were a little angry with the remake of ‘Pehla nasha’ because it’s a classic. They were like ‘you have ruined our song’ but it’s okay, this year I won’t do recreations, I will focus more on originals,” he said.

The “Zindagi kuch toh bata” crooner says he takes criticism in the right spirit.

“I come from a political background with business. I could be very high headed but one thing my parents have taught me is to take and how to take criticism… If it is genuine criticism I never forget. And remember it when I am doing my riyaaz (practice),” he said.

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“When the criticism is not genuine you know it is not in your heart. So, I just follow my heart,” he added. (IANS)