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Bangladeshi envoys tailed for 10 days by Pakistani agents

Update : 14 Jan 2016, 04:29 AM

Diplomats and staff at the Bangladesh mission in Karachi, subjected to 10 days of surveillance by Pakistani intelligence agents, said the monitoring had apparently come to an end during the last two days.

Deputy High Commissioner and Head of the Karachi mission Noor-E-Helal Saifur Rahman told the Dhaka Tribune that Pakistani agents had tailed Bangladesh's envoys for ten days.

“But for the last 48 hours we have felt that we are no longer being followed,” he added.

The Foreign Ministry had summoned Pakistan High Commissioner to Dhaka Shuja Alam on Monday to strongly protest the harassment of the Karachi mission.

The Bangladesh mission has two Bangladeshi diplomats and four staff, as well as seven Pakistani staff including security guards.

Helal said personal security security had been satisfactory despite the surveillance, saying he had been provided with a police escort.

A senior Foreign Ministry official, asking not to be named, said Secretary for Bilateral and Consular Affairs Mizanur Rahman met the Pakistan envoy and expressed Bangladesh’s concern over the harassment.

He said the high commissioner told the ministry official that he would convey the message to his superiors.

The relationship between Bangladesh and Pakistan is at a low ebb after Bangladesh informally asked for a Pakistani diplomat to leave Dhaka and Pakistan, in turn, asked a Bangladeshi diplomat to leave Islamabad.

 

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