New Delhi, Mar 2: In a diplomatic snub amid border tension, Pakistan has put Indian high commissioner Ajay Bisaria’s application seeking membership of the prestigious Islamabad Club on hold. Islamabad Club is a circle of Pakistani elite and foreign diplomats and it’s customary for an ambassador or high commissioner to seek membership after landing in Pakistan’s capital. Also Read - Leader of Pakistan Called For Action Against Those Who Incite Hate, Was he Referring to Himself? India at UNGA
Ajay Bisaria was appointed as Indian high commissioner Pakistan last year. He applied for the membership of Islamabad Club soon after taking over the charge. The club has not approved his membership so far and is reportedly threatening to not renew the membership of other Indian diplomats. This is the first time that an Indian high commissioner’s membership request is put on hold for so long. (ALSO READ: India Invites Pakistan Commerce Minister For WTO Talks in Delhi) Also Read - Indian Delegate Walks Out of UNGA in Protest After Pakistan PM Imran Khan Raises Kashmir Issue
Islamabad Club, sprawled over 346 acres next to the diplomatic enclave, is the favourite hangout of all top diplomats and Pakistan policy wonks, reported a newspaper. It describes itself as an exclusive club whose membership comprises government officials, diplomats and the elite of Islamabad. Even top bureaucrats and diplomats can’t get the membership gratuitously. Also Read - 'If We Can Help, Would Love to Help', Trump Reiterates Offer to Mediate Between India And China
The daily ceasefire violations have deteriorated already fragile ties between India and Pakistan. Both countries accuse each other of having committed a record number of ceasefire violations in 2017. The delay in approving membership of Indian high commissioner is the latest in a series of hostilities Indian diplomats in Pakistan.
Pakistani diplomats in India also accuse New Delhi of restricting their movements. They allege that they can’t even visit Delhi suburbs like Noida and Gurgaon. However, Indian sources, as reported by TOI, say all such decisions are taken on the basis of reciprocity. They say Pakistani envoys are treated in a much better way than their Indian counterparts in Islamabad.