Pakistan recalls diplomat from Dhaka over 'extremist link'

Published: December 24, 2015



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,” a senior official at Bangladesh’s foreign ministry told AFP.

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The Pakistani High Commission did not immediately respond to an AFP query about the whereabouts of the diplomat, who has previously been named in press reports as 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 Arshad, saying he received funds of 30,000 taka ($380), according to police detectives.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 24th, 2015.

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  • Sodomite
    Dec 24, 2015 - 9:10AM

    This diplomat lady should be kicked out of Service. This is “no trust Pakistan” narrative that the lady has played. Recommend

  • Master
    Dec 24, 2015 - 10:12AM

    The gutless government of Pakistan does not have the guts to ask the Awami League government to provide proof if they have any, making allegations against the diplomatic staff has become a norm in Bangladesh. This is the 2nd staff member who has been alleged and then sent. Government of Pakistan should ask for evidence and if the allegations are proved then deal with it under the law. If not, perhaps time to close down the shop, send 3 million illegal Bangladeshis from Karachi and send their high commission packing as well.Recommend

  • Wah Bhai Wah
    Dec 24, 2015 - 2:16PM

    Wow he receive $380 from a Pakistani diplomat! He can overthrow the system now…Recommend

  • B
    Dec 24, 2015 - 3:00PM

    By recalling its Diplomat, Pakistan proves that it is supporting banned terrorists organisations inside Bangladesh.Recommend

  • ghazal
    Dec 24, 2015 - 3:13PM

    @Master: asking proof means going public……..welcome to magic word called diplomacy. Recommend

  • Master
    Dec 24, 2015 - 4:18PM

    When a cabinet minister states that they will take legal action if it is proved, it does mean going public, It’s not rocket science. Legal actions are not taken in private but in courts.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Dec 24, 2015 - 5:56PM


    This diplomat lady should be kicked out of Service.

    Why? She was only doing what she was told? You think a junior diplomat would run such an outfit on her own? Come on.Recommend

  • ghazal
    Dec 24, 2015 - 6:18PM

    brother replies should be with perspective, or atleast of same topic. pls read article againRecommend

  • Saad
    Dec 24, 2015 - 6:45PM

    Even the women have become extremists.Recommend

  • Dec 24, 2015 - 7:16PM

    The diplomat has allegedly financed the extremists. If the trial prove her to be culprit, then she should not be spared. She has breached the trust reposed upon her. A crime which is unpardonable.
    Moreover she is a lurking menace against the country if retained. The story does not ends here. There are some agencies on whose behalf she acted. Those should be traced and dealt along-with her without any latitude.
    For the time being an apology should be tendered to the BanglaDesh assuring them discrete inquiry against the alleged culprit. If found culprit she would be dealt according to the law of land and some official of proven integrity be posted there for running the business of the state.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Dec 24, 2015 - 7:17PM


    Government of Pakistan should ask for evidence

    Government of India is asking for evidence for years none have come through of Indian involvement in Pakistan and yet you are still convinced of that.Recommend

  • ICall
    Dec 25, 2015 - 1:01AM

    Just call back whole High Commission from Pak hater nations. Our weak govt at center should resign on its failed foreign policy.Recommend

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