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New Delhi: India on Friday termed the execution of Abdul Quader Mollah, assistant secretary general of the Jammat-e-Islami, for war crimes during Bangladesh’s struggle for independence from Pakistan in 1971 as an internal matter of its neighbour.

When asked for India’s comment on the death sentence being carried out, foreign ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said it “ is an outcome of the internal judicial processes and laws of Bangladesh."

Mollah was found guilty by an International Crimes Tribunal on 5 February of killing a student and a family of 11 members and for collaborating with Pakistani forces to kill 369 others during Bangladesh war of independence in 1971.

Although Mollah was sentenced to life imprisonment, the Supreme Court changed the verdict to death sentence in September.

During the nine-month long bloody war that led to Bangladesh emerging free of Pakistani rule, at least three million people are said to have been killed and more than 200,000 women raped in the country previously known as East Pakistan.

According to Akbaruddin, India’s relations with Bangladesh proceeded “on the principles of mutual respect, mutual benefit, non-interference and respect for each other’s sovereignty.

“Our relations with Bangladesh are broad based and inclusive. India has and always will respect the wishes of the people of Bangladesh. It is for the people of Bangladesh to decide their future. We have deep respect for their wisdom and achievements," he said.

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