"Yes, the High Commissioner has been asked to return home in quickest possible time," a Foreign Ministry official said.

The official, however, said that the contract of High Commissioner Suhrab Hossain was about to expire.

A career diplomat and liberation war veteran, Hossain was on retirement when he was first appointed Bangladesh's envoy to Pakistan on a contractual basis in 2010 for two years and the contract was extended twice subsequently.

The development came a week after Islamabad withdrew a female diplomat posted in Dhaka amid an uproar over her suspected links to Islamist militants, nearly 12 months after Bangladesh expelled another Pakistani on identical charges.

According to reports, Second Secretary in the Pakistan High Commission Fareena Arshad left Dhaka two days after Bangladesh sought her withdrawal in the light of confession of a detained operative of Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh who claimed that she maintained links with the outlawed outfit.

Dhaka-Islamabad ties currently appeared to have been exposed to a bitter state over Islamabad's 'audacious' reactions following executions of two major 1971 war crimes convicts, who were found guilty of carrying out atrocities during the Liberation War siding with the Pakistani troops.

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