Harassment of diplomats: India sends note verbale to Pakistan

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New Delhi, March 23: With Indian diplomats in Pakistan continuing to face harassment and intimidation, New Delhi on Thursday sent yet another note verbale to Islamabad seeking an investigation into all these incidents.

According to sources here, the note verbale cited three specific incidents of Indian diplomats being harassed in Islamabad on Thursday.

The vehicle of the Indian Deputy High Commissioner, while he was going to an embassy within the Diplomatic Enclave for a meeting, was aggressively followed by two people in a Toyota Corolla car, the sources said.

The Indian Naval Attache was also aggressively followed by a person on a motorbike while going to Serena Hotel for a meeting.

In a third incident, the Second Secretary (Political) was “aggressively followed and harassed by a person at the Street-1 Cafe within the Diplomatic Enclave” while going there for an official meeting with another diplomat, a source said.

The website of the Indian High Commission continues to be blocked causing inconvenience and has affected normal functioning.

Stating that the safety and security of Indian mission, its officers, staff members and their families is the responsibility of the Pakistan government, the source said: “We have requested them to immediately investigate all these incidents and direct the relevant authorities to ensure that such incidents do not recur. Results of the investigations may kindly be shared with the High Commission.”

Last week, Pakistan called back its High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood for consultation over alleged harassment of its diplomatic staff and their families in New Delhi.

Following this, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar during his weekly media briefing here said that the Indian High Commission in Pakistan was facing “a litany of issues” which have not been resolved for several months.

“We raised these issues in good faith through diplomatic channels and not through the media.

“We have asked for immediate resolution of these issues faced by our High Commission in Islamabad so that the safety and security of the diplomatic mission and our diplomatic and consular officials is assured,” he said.

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