Moushumi Rahman

Bangladeshi Diplomat ordered to leave Pakistan within 72 hours

Islamabad: Bangladeshi Political Counsellor in Pakistan Moushumi Rahman has been ordered to leave Pakistan within 72 hours for violating Diplomatic Code of Conduct, NEO News reported.

As per details, the action is taken as Moushumi Rahman’s conduct and activities are found to be in direct violation of 1973 Diplomatic Code. This act on part of Pakistan Foreign Office coincides with the death penalty of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh’s high profile leader Matiul Rehman who was awarded death sentence by the Bangladesh Supreme Court recently.

Pakistan Foreign Office summoned Bangladesh High Commissioner yesterday to inform about Moushumi Rahman’s deportation. It is worth mentioning here that Bangladesh has also deported Pakistan’s diplomat Fareena Arshad on 23 December, 2015 after declaring her  persona non grata  that is a diplomatic term for an undesirable person.

Pakistan on Wednesday recalled one of its diplomats from Dhaka after she was named as allegedly having financed a suspected extremist on trial for espionage, a Bangladesh official said.

“The female second secretary of the high commission was sent back to Islamabad this afternoon, two days after Dhaka informally asked for her departure,” said a senior official at the Bangladeshi foreign ministry.

Foreign Office (FO) has termed the allegations against the diplomat baseless. The office stated that she has been called back on request of Bangladesh authorities.

In a statement issued, the FO spokesperson said that Bangladesh s media leveled baseless allegations against Pakistan’s second secretary Farina Arshad.

The move comes after Idris Sheikh, a suspected member of the banned Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh, told a Dhaka court about his ties to Ms Arshad, saying he received funds of 30,000 taka ($380), according to police detectives.

After Sheikh’s claims against the diplomat were widely reported in the Bangladeshi media, the Pakistani mission issued a statement dismissing what it called “utterly baseless media reports… maligning a female diplomat stationed in Dhaka”.

Bangladesh’s Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan has said that the government would take action against Ms Arshad if the allegations against her were proved, local media said.


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