Dhaka sees no sign Islamabad expelling its envoy: Official

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Dhaka, October 12: Bangladesh does  not see any indication that Pakistan was considering the expulsion of its High Commissioner in Islamabad, says an official.“No, we’ve not seen any such indication,” he told UNB when his attention was drawn about Pakistan media’s speculation about the possible expulsion.

There is news in the media that the government of Pakistan is considering expelling the Bangladeshi High Commissioner posted in Islamabad due to delay in accepting Pakistan High Commissioner-designate to Dhaka Saqlain Syedah by the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, however, ruled out any such possible measure.

“The agreement of an Ambassador (High Commissioner) is a bilateral issue and is being pursued through diplomatic channels. No other action has been taken,” Spokesperson of the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs told reporters in Islamabad on Thursday.

The post of the High Commissioner of Pakistan to Bangladesh fell vacant after the retirement of Rafiuzaman Siddiqui in February this year.

Following the retirement of Siddiqui, Saqlain Syedah was designated as new High Commissioner to Bangladesh, according to Pakistan media reports.

Meanwhile, Indian media reported that Pakistan’s ties with Bangladesh are set to dip further with Dhaka “refusing to accept” Islamabad’s new envoy following allegations of Pakistan’s diplomatic mission being misused to perpetrate ISI activities against Dhaka and Delhi.

The Pakistan High Commission is being charged with encouraging activities against the Bangladesh government, reports The Economic Times.

Quoting Bangladesh government sources, the report mentioned that the Pakistani High Commission in Dhaka has emerged as a centre of anti-government activities as well as activities against India.

The Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka was misusing social media tools such as Facebook to spread disinformation campaign, the Economic Times report claimed.

It is no secret that Pak-Bangla ties are far from cordial and the Hasina government did not budge from executing the 1971 pro-Pak war criminals over the past 10 years despite Pakistan’s plea, the report says.

Source: UNB