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Bangladesh halts visas to Pakistan nationals

IANS  |  Dhaka 

has halted issuance of visas to Pakistani nationals and reportedly refused to accept the 'agrement' from for appointment of a new to after a visa-extension application of its was kept pending.

The High Commission in stopped issuing visas to Pakistanis for the last one week as a mark of protest as a Bangladeshi diplomat's visa-extension application has not been cleared by the government for last four months, according to here.

According to newspaper, Muhammad Iqbal Hossain, (Press) at the High Commission in Islamabad, had submitted visa-extension application to in January, which was subsequently sent to its It has still not been cleared.

Hossain's wife and son also had applied for visas at the High Commission but they have not been granted visas yet, the newspaper said.

"Issuance of any visa to Pakistani nationals remains suspended as the visa counter in Bangladesh High Commission in has been closed since last Monday [May 13]," told Tribune from the Pakistani capital.

newspaper cited a in Islamabad as stating that the post of had been vacant since November last and was also looking after this section, in addition to his current charge.

said Ministry of Foreign Affairs named as its new to Bangladesh, but refused to accept the "agrement", a diplomatic requirement under which a host country has to confirm appointment of an

Brahma Chellaney, a strategic thinker and author, said that bilateral ties between Pakistan and Bangladesh have been strained.

"Bangladesh, which seceded from Pakistan in 1971, has accused Pakistan of financing terrorism on its soil. Bilateral ties have become so strained that Bangladesh has refused since 2018 to accept Pakistan's new Now it has halted granting visas to all Pakistanis," Chellaney said in a tweet.

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First Published: Tue, May 21 2019. 22:58 IST
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