Pak ‘request’ not ‘supportive’ for ties to withdraw BD diplomat: Shahriar

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Dhaka, Jan 6: Pakistan’s ‘request’ to withdraw Bangladesh’s diplomat without showing any reason will not be ‘supportive’ for relations between the two countries, State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam said on Wednesday.

“There’s been no explanation (from Pakistan). They couldn’t cite any valid reason. Such acts never help the relationship,” he told reporters at his office.

Shahriar said they could ‘foresee’ that there might be an act of ‘retaliation’. “We were prepared and that helped us take a quick decision giving her a fresh diplomatic assignment to another country upholding the country’s image.”

On Tuesday, Pakistan urged Bangladesh authorities to withdraw its diplomat Maushumi Rahman within 48 hours. Pakistan Foreign Ministry summoned the Bangladesh High Commissioner to Pakistan Suhrab Hossain in the afternoon and conveyed the message.

Maushumi Rahman (Counselor Political) worked as acting High Commissioner to Pakistan and handled recent developments when Suhrab Hossain was in Bangladesh.

Responding to a question, the State Minister said Maushumi will be joining there (Bangladesh Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal) at the earliest.

Earlier, Pakistani diplomat and Second Secretary (Political) at the Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka Fareena Arshad who was reportedly involved in financing militancy, left here for Islamabad on December 23 following her withdrawal.