FO clarifies reports on Pakistan school principal’s detention in Dhaka


ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Thursday clarified the reports that the Pakistani Principal of City School in Dhaka Yasmeen was arrested by the Bangladesh’s police, saying she was under protective custody.


“Reference news reports reg (regarding) arrest of City School Principal in Dhaka It is clarified that Principal is under protective custody of BD Police,” FO spokesman Nafees Zakaria said in a statement issued on Twitter.

Zakria added that the protective custody step was taken in view of the law and order situation created due to misunderstanding between school administration and parents of students.

The spokesperson said Pakistan High Commission is actively pursuing the matter and hoped to get the issue resolved. The HC is coordinating with local authorities, he added.

Earlier, media reports stated that Yasmeen was illegally detained yesterday by the local police and her passport was confiscated.

Dhaka police also refused to grant counselor access to the Pakistani principal, the reports claimed.

The development comes a day after Pakistan strongly protested the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh leader Moti-ur-Rehman Nizami over alleged war crimes.

Today, Pakistan also summoned Bangladeshi envoy in Islamabad to lodge a strong protest over Nizami’s hanging.

“The Acting High Commissioner of Bangladesh was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today by the Director General (South Asia & SAARC) and a strong protest was lodged at the unfortunate hanging of Mr. Motiur Rahman Nizami on the alleged crimes committed before December 1971 through a flawed judicial process,” a statement by the Foreign Office said.

“The attempts by the Government of Bangladesh to malign Pakistan, despite our keen desire to develop brotherly relations with it, are regrettable,” it said.