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Tajik Embassy encroaching on Bangladesh High Commission in Pakistan

Update : 29 Oct 2021, 06:25 PM

The Embassy of Tajikistan has illegally walled off a section of a plot owned by the Bangladesh High Commission at the Diplomatic Enclave in Islamabad, Pakistan.

The Tajik Embassy has been encroaching on the plot since 2017, and the issue remains unresolved despite complaints from the Bangladesh High Commission, according to documents and letters obtained by Newsday Pakistan.

The occupied land reportedly covers about 11,200 sqft. The plot was allotted to the Bangladesh High Commission in Islamabad in a bilateral deal that also saw a plot allotted to the Pakistani High Commission in Dhaka.

The Bangladesh High Commission has repeatedly sought the removal of the boundary walls of the Tajik Embassy in order to construct a Chancellor Complex.

“Bangladesh requests immediate action to rectify the encroachment on the plot of the High Commission of Bangladesh by the adjacent plot of the Embassy of Tajikistan in the Diplomatic Enclave of Islamabad,” said a letter from Tarik Ahsan, former ambassador of Bangladesh to Pakistan, to Islamabad mayor and then Capital Development Authority (CDA) chief Sheikh Anser Aziz in June 2017, as quoted by Newsday Pakistan.

The CDA were supposed to resolve the dispute by conducting a survey of the plot in the presence of Bangladesh officials, but the findings of the survey were never shared with the Bangladesh mission.

When contacted, Mostofa Jamil, head of chancery of the Bangladesh High Commission in Pakistan, told Dhaka Tribune from Islamabad: "We are in touch with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan and CDA about the matter. Hopefully, the issue will be addressed."

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