Pakistan now Bangladesh High Commissioner calls on the eye for an eye


A Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed high that the High Commissioner was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan by the additional secretary for South Asia in the afternoon.

The move was in protest at the invocation of Pakistan Shuja Alam High Commissioner in Dhaka recently, the official said.

Alam met on February 2 after a member of staff of the Bangladesh mission in Islamabad disappeared for hours.

Jahangir Hossain, the upper right-wing press in Bangladesh High Commission staff, disappeared on February 1 afternoon after an official of the High Commission of Pakistan Abrar Ahmed Khan was arrested by police in Dhaka.

The police claimed to have found the Indian currency worth Rs 3,500 in Khan. He was later released and handed over to officials high commission at night. The mission of Pakistan rejected the charge and condemned the incident.

Jahangir Hossain also was found hours later unharmed in Islamabad.

Both incidents have fueled tension between the two countries, already hampered by the comments of Pakistan in the trials of war criminals in 1971 and alleged links to terrorist officials.

Bangladesh High Commissioner in Islamabad Suhrab Hossain Bangladesh High Commissioner in Islamabad Suhrab Hossain Bangladesh gained independence from Pakistan through a liberation war in 1971 and is now trying to those Bangladeshis who were involved in crimes against humanity in collaboration with the forces Pakistan.
In January last year, Mazhar Khan, a Pakistani official who works in the mission of Pakistan in Dhaka, Bangladesh, was expelled after intelligence accused him of financing radical Islamists and trafficking in counterfeit currency.

Pakistan also had to withdraw Fareena Arshad, his second secretary (political) at the High Commission in December last year after the detective branch said it had “found evidence of terrorist links’.

Dhaka Pakistan then forced to withdraw a diplomat from the Bangladesh High Commission in Islamabad.

The demands of a snap ties with Pakistan have been growing in Bangladesh in the light of such incidents.

But Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali on Feb 2, told parliament that the government had no intention of breaking ties with Pakistan at this stage.

Shuja Alam, the Pakistan High Commissioner also said the Dhaka-Islamabad ties will continue as usual, and “I hope relations will improve in the coming days.”