India again asks Pak to probe incidents of harassment of Indian officials

Doug Mendoza
March 19, 2018

For over a week, both India and Pakistan have been complaining about alleged harassment of their respective diplomats in the two countries.

"A decision to how address the situation will be made after the consultations", sources said.

This is second incident of such a kind for Indian diplomats living there in which they were intimidated and harassed over the last three days, Foreign Ministry sources said in New Delhi.

The decision to pull out of WTO meeting comes on the heels of recalling of Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Sohail Mehmood.

According to another report, India's Ministry of External Affairs spokesman said that the authorities were looking into the Pakistani complaints, but also noted that Indian complaints had gone unresolved for months.

The note also said the website of the High Commission continued to be intermittently blocked causing inconvenience and affecting the normal functioning of the Mission.

Indian officials contend that the "redline" was crossed when there was a "raid" by Pakistani security agencies into the high commission's premises and construction work was stopped at the chancery complex.

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Amid tensions between India and Pakistan over reports of harassment of diplomats, the neighbouring country decided not to take part in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) meet which will take place in the national capital next week.

There had been more tit-for-tat retaliation.

Over the past fortnight, both sides have been trading charges over harassment of their diplomats and accusing each other of violating the Geneva Convention rules.

At the last weekly briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Pakistan foreign office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said that "no positive action" has been taken by Indian side so far.

The officer added that Pakistan may withdraw the families of diplomatic staff from India, if relations didn't improve.

Islamabad also summoned an Indian diplomat in Pakistan in protest. "Indian ambassadors overseas are also called back for discussions frequently", said Ravish Kumar, spokesperson, MEA.

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