Amid diplomatic row between Bangladesh and Pakistan, detectives here on Monday detained an official of Pakistan High Commission for his ‘suspicious movement’.However, the official, assistant private secretary at the Press Section — Abrar Ahmed Khan – was released and handed over to the High Commission at 6pm. He was picked up at 11am from hear his residence in Gulshan area, police sources said.
Contacted, Deputy Commissioner (Media), Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) M Maruf Hossain Sardar said the DB men detained Abrar Khan for questioning following his suspicious movement and was handed over to officials of the Pakistan High Commission after taking ‘undertaking’ from him.
The DMP official said the officials got 3,500 Indian rupees after searching Abrar’s body.
Responding to a question, Maruf said the allegation brought against DB men are ‘baseless’.
The Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka, meanwhile, strongly condemned the incident and turned down the charges leveled against its official.
“Unfortunately, the High Commission sees a disturbing pattern of harassment of its officers and officials, followed by a mud-slinging campaign and media trial,” it said in a press statement.
The High Commission claimed that four to five plainclothesmen ‘forcefully’ picked him up from near his residence at Gulshan 2 and four of them were wearing jackets marked ‘DB’.
Quoting Abrar, the Pakistan High Commission in its statement claimed that its official was threatened that he would be killed in ‘crossfire’ and dumped in the river while police denied any such allegation.