India, Pakistan accuse each other of harassing diplomats

This is something which should be taken up through established diplomatic channels and not published in media.

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry says it has called its top diplomat in India back home for consultations after reports of harassment of Pakistani diplomatic staff in New Delhi. In another incident Thursday, the Pakistan High Commissioner was chased and his auto was damaged by unknown individuals.

Indian government sources also said Pakistani security agencies are resorting to "aggressive surveillance, violation of physical space and tailing of officers in close and risky proximity".

The spokesperson said that deliberate maltreatment of diplomats and their families by India is not confined to a single event and continues unabated despite our protest.

"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".

Speaking at his weekly press briefing, Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said they will hold consultations with the High Commissioner over "recent incidents of harassing of their diplomats".

India said the current escalation in skullduggery began when a development under construction for Indian diplomats in Islamabad was raided by the ISI last month and they cut the power and water supply, the Times of India reported. "We have also offered Pakistan and China to participate in Chahbahar", Zarif, who is on a three-day visit to Pakistan, said while delivering a lecture at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) Monday, according to the daily.

However, Indian diplomats chose to tackle this matter with quiet and persistent diplomacy rather than by airing issues in the media, the sources said.

The Pakistan Foreign Ministry claimed that the staff and their families have been facing "harassment, intimidation and outright violence" from Indian state agencies in recent weeks.

Officials claimed that a Pakistani diplomat was harassed after his vehicle was stopped in Delhi's Chanakyapuri neighbourhood.

Mahmood had on Wednesday said that "current approach and methods" only go against the diplomatic efforts to make progress, and a "rethink" is needed in the current circumstances.

Giving instances, India said on 16 February, the Indian envoy met the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan to lodge a strong protest against multiple acts of hooliganism.

  • Rogelio Becker