Pakistan expels Bangladesh diplomat in response to expulsion of its envoy

Karachi: Pakistan has asked Bangladesh to withdraw a diplomat from Islamabad in response to the expulsion of a Pakistani envoy who allegedly supported a suspected extremist on trial for spying.

According to The Dawn, Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque said Islamabad asked Dhaka on Tuesday to recall senior diplomat Moushumi Rahman from its high commission in Islamabad within 48 hours.

Haque said that the political counsellor and head of chancery in Islamabad has been given time till Thursday to leave the country.

The Bangladesh foreign secretary did not offer any reason for Pakistan’s decision to expel Moushumi Rahman.

Diplomatic sources in Islamabad said that Rahman indulged in ‘anti-state activities in Pakistan’ and that concerned security agencies continued to monitor her. (ANI)