Pakistan recalls diplomat from Dhaka over alleged link with extremist

Pakistan has recalled one of its diplomats from Bangladesh after she allegedly financed a suspected extremist charged with espionage, a media report said today.
Pakistan recalls diplomat from Dhaka over alleged link with extremist
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Pakistan has recalled one of its diplomats from Bangladesh after she allegedly financed a suspected extremist charged with espionage, a media report said today.

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

There was no response from the Pakistani High Commission over the whereabouts of the diplomat, previously been named as Farina Arshad, the report said.

"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," the report added.

Earlier, the Pakistani mission issued a statement dismissing what it termed as "utterly baseless media reports… maligning a female diplomat stationed in Dhaka".

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