Dhaka/Islamabad - Pakistan High Commissioner in Dhaka Shuja Alam has been summoned to the Foreign Office after a Bangladesh mission staffer in Islamabad went missing for hours.

“I have been informed of yesterday’s (Monday) incident and I will convey the details to the foreign ministry after discussions with the Islamabad authorities,” Alam told reporters after emerging from Acting Foreign Secretary Md Khurshid Alam’s office on Tuesday.

But he said Dhaka-Islamabad ties would continue as always and “I hope that relations will improve in the coming days”.

The foreign ministry did not make any official statement.

But a senior ministry official told bdnews24.com that a “protest note” was handed over to the high commissioner on the “detention of our staff”.

The Bangladesh High Commission’s press wing personal staff Jahangir Hossain went missing on Monday afternoon hours after a Pakistan High Commission official in Dhaka was detained by police.

Bangladesh envoy to Pakistan Suhrab Hossain confirmed to bdnews24.com in the wee hours of Tuesday that Hossain had been found unharmed.

According to FIR lodged with Margalla police station in Islamabad, Jahangir Hossain who was residing in sector F-6/3 went to sector F-8 to drop his children but he did not return home till late night. He had gone missing since 1600 hrs evening. According to Islamabad police, Jahangir Hossain returned jto his home at 0100 hours on the night between Monday and Tuesday.

Police in Dhaka had earlier detained Abrar Ahmed Khan, a press section assistant private secretary at the Pakistan High Commission, on Monday noon. But he was released and handed over to the high commission officials later in the evening.

Police claimed to have found Indian currency worth Rs 3,500 on Khan. The Pakistan mission rejected the charge and condemned the incident.

The Bangladeshi foreign minister said Dhaka will not be cutting ties with Islamabad ‘for the time being’. AH Mahmmod Ali faced a question on the issue in Parliament on Tuesday.

“Problems do not necessarily mean we have to break relations. Many countries maintain diplomatic ties even during times of war. I don’t want to do anything for now. The future will tell where this will go. We’ll have to consider the time. We have to think of our national interest on top of everything.”

“That’s what we consider while evaluating and taking steps over international relations. The same process will be followed in Pakistan’s case,” Ali added. Both incidents have fuelled the tension between the two countries, already compounded by Pakistan’s comments on the trials of the 1971 war criminals.