Pakistan, India trade barbs over 'harassment of diplomats'
Pakistan, India trade barbs over 'harassment of diplomats'
India Harassing Diplomat's Children on Way to School: Pakistan
14 March, 2018, 18:16
The harassment continues unabated despite repeated official protests lodged with the Indian Ministry of External Affairs at the highest level, the spokesperson said.
Sources in India also said that on February 16, the Indian High Commissioner met the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan to lodge a strong protest against multiple acts of hooliganism against Indian properties and personnel.
Two more incidents of harassment of Pakistani diplomats and their families at the hand of Indian authorities have surfaced in New Delhi on Tuesday. Sources said Indian diplomats and officials in Islamabad were being subjected to increased hostility, harassment and intimidation and this had been intimated to Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Indian response came hours after Pakistani media reported that Pakistan's diplomats stationed here were facing harassment on a daily basis.
Islamabad also went on to list some of these events, including the one that, it said, took place on Tuesday in which the vehicle carrying the school-going children of a Counselor, who were returning from school, was followed by unknown persons on cars and motorcycles.
"For psychological intimidation, videos and photographs of the children were constantly shot for 40 minutes, leaving the children extremely traumatised". They were followed up to their residence.
The spokesperson pointed out that under the Vienna Convention, the safety and the security of Pakistani diplomats and their families is the responsibility of the Indian Government.
Additionally, the drivers of the High Commission were forcibly halted and their mobile phones aggressively switched off to prevent them from contacting anyone, Pakistan added.
Meanwhile, The Indian Express has learnt that the application of Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Ajay Bisaria, for membership of the Islamabad Club has been stalled by the Pakistan government since it wants membership of Delhi Gymkhana and Delhi Golf Club for its diplomats in New Delhi. "Their cars were stopped by unknown persons who threatened the children and filmed them". Highlighting a recent episode, Pakistan High Commission said two cars carrying the children of Pakistan's Deputy High Commissioner in New Delhi were followed and obstructed on Tuesday.
The row between India and Pakistan over the treatment of each other's officials has escalated.
Singh was summoned after Pakistani newspaper Dawn quoted Pakistani officials of accusing India of harassing its diplomats and their families in the country and threatened to pull out the families if the intimidation did not stop.
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