Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Harassment of diplomats in Pakistan: India lodges one more complaint

Harassment of diplomats in Pakistan: India lodges one more complaint

India also mentioned an incident in which unknown persons aggressively followed four officials of the High Commission as they were heading to the Aabpara market in Islamabad.

Pakistan had earlier this week asked High Commissioner to India, Sohail Mahmood to return home for an unspecified time after Pakistan alleged that its diplomats in India were being "harassed".

Pakistan has decided not to send its high commissioner back to New Delhi until the overall situation improves and Indian secret agencies stop harassing its diplomatic staff and their families.

"This was the 12th Note Verbale this year on the subject", reported news agency ANI, quoting sources.

Trade ministers of over 50 nations, including the United States and China, have been invited by India to discuss issues related to agriculture and services. Following this, Pakistan has stretched out for a WTO ministerial meeting which will be held in India next week.

Protesting continues "intimidation and harassment" of its diplomates, India lodged another compalint after officials of Indian Mission in Pakistan were aggressively follwed by unidentified men in Islamabad on Sunday.

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The AAP and the LIP had entered into an alliance six months before the Punjab Assembly polls held in February a year ago . Earlier, talking to reporters outside his office, Sidhu said, "It is a let down to the people of Punjab".

Sources said that if Mahmood does not come back to India, it would tantamount to recalling of the High Commissioner.

Spokesman to the Foreign Office (FO) Dr. Muhammad Faisal Friday said there was unprecedented increase in Indian violations at Line of Control (LoC) and working boundary. Sources said that Malik has already confirmed his participation.

However, New Delhi stressed that Pakistani official are not the only ones complaining.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said that the Indian High Commission in Islamabad was also facing a "litany of issues" which have not been resolved for several months by that country.

Dr. Muhammad Faisal said, India seemed to be confused after the arrest of its spy K.Jhadav in Pakistan. This was followed by the intrusive following and harassment of diplomats on both sides, and truly curious incidents, such as the deputy high commissioners of both countries reportedly having the doorbell of their residences rung at 3 am.

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