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The Pakistan High Commission strongly condemns this incident and rejects the false and fabricated charges levelled against its official

(2016-02-01) Mr. Abrar Ahmed Khan has been working as the Assistant Private Secretary in the Press Section at the Pakistan High Commission, Dhaka since July 2011. This morning, around 11.00 am, four to five plainclothesmen forcefully picked him up from near his residence, close to Agora in Gulshan-2. Four of these men were wearing jackets marked "DB". Mr. Abrar was on foot at that time. These men picked up Mr. Abrar and bundled him in a silver coloured van. The security men then forcefully entered his apartment building and took his motorbike with them.

Mr. Abrar was released this evening at 1800 hours. On his return, he informed the High Commission that he was handcuffed and blindfolded and kept in a moving van for more than four hours before being brought to the Gulshan police station. The DB men constantly asked him to pay Taka 5 crore or else they would implicate him for possession of Indian fake currency. He was also threatened that he would be killed in "crossfire" and "dumped" in the river.

When contacted, the Gulshan police station informed the High Commission that Mr. Abrar was being brought to the Police Station and as if, on cue, the media had already arrived there.

The Pakistan High Commission strongly condemns this incident and rejects the false and fabricated charges levelled 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.