March 18, 2018

Indian Deputy High Commissioner summoned over Pakistani diplomat's harassment in New Delhi

14 March 2018, 06:16 | Opal Carroll

Modi govt seemed failed in putting a leash on officials of its spy agencies for the past several days

Modi govt seemed failed in putting a leash on officials of its spy agencies for the past several days

Pakistan summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner to Pakistan to register a protest at the incidents, the foreign office said.

Meanwhile, Pakistan claimed that the officers, staff and the families of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi continue to face intense harassment, intimidation and outright violence from the Indian state agencies.

"Under the Vienna Convention, the safety and the security of Pakistani diplomats and their families is the responsibility of the Indian Government", read the statement.

Islamabad also went on to list some of these events, including the one that, it said, took place on Tuesday in which the auto carrying the school-going children of a Counselor, who were returning from school, was followed by unknown persons on cars and motorcycles.

The Indian response came hours after Pakistani media reported that Pakistan's diplomats stationed here were facing harassment on a daily basis. "We have noticed a surge in the last one year", said an Indian foreign ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity. They were followed up to their residence. The drivers of the high commission were forcibly stopped and their mobile phones forcibly switched off to prevent them from contacting anyone, he alleged. In a note verbale, Pakistan high commission alleged that the auto of one of the senior diplomats with his children on board was blocked on road.

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Children of a Pakistani diplomat were subjected to harassment in the second incident as the vehicle they were travelling in was intercepted on a busy highway of the Indian capital. This happened even after a repeated request by India to Pakistan that the two countries ensure a safe working environment for their respective High Commissions.

Pakistan's foreign office has accused India of harassing and intimidating its diplomats and their families posted in New Delhi, in the latest escalation of tensions between the South Asian neighbours.

On March 9, Pakistan alleged that its naval adviser's vehicle was "aggressively chased", while its political counselor was "forcibly evicted from a cab" by unidentified men, who then threatened him.

"It is becoming hard for the Pakistani diplomats posted in India to keep their families with them due to increase in harassment incidents", the daily quoted an unidentified official as saying. The video, shot by the diplomat, was aired on several Pakistani television news channels.

A demarche was made to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad and external affairs ministry in New Delhi in this regard.

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