New Delhi, June 16: In March 2018, India and Pakistan had agreed to solve the diplomatic tussle, over the allegations of harassment of the diplomats in each other’s countries, as per the 1992 code of conduct (COC). The agreement to mutually resolve diplomats’ harassment issue, however, seems to be on the brink of collapse. This month, Pakistan registered three complaints with the ministry of external affairs claiming that their diplomats in New Delhi were being harassed by Indian authorities.
Last week, Pakistan alleged that its own air adviser in New Delhi found his car broken outside DLF Mall in Vasant Kunj. Before that, it had alleged that one of its top diplomats was tailed and harassed by the Indian authorities. In another incident, as per Pakistan, one of their top diplomats’ mobile phone was snatched from outside her hotel. To which, the Indian authorities have said that these kind of incidents happen on daily basis.
Reacting to the alleged harassment of Pakistani diplomats in India, the Indian air adviser was detained for a short time at Islamabad airport for not carrying the identity card provided by the Pakistan foreign ministry (MoFA), which, as per the reports, is awaiting renewal from the ministry. (Also Read: Pakistan Seeks Reciprocity For Its Diplomats in Delhi Golf Club, Gymkhana)
The recent allegations of diplomats’ harassment have come more than two months after both the countries agreed to solve the tussle as per COC. “India and Pakistan have mutually agreed to resolve matters related to the treatment of diplomats and diplomatic premises, in line with the 1992 ‘Code of Conduct’ for the treatment of diplomatic/consular personnel in India and Pakistan,” the ministry said in a statement.
The diplomatic ties of India and Pakistan took a hit over the harassment of the diplomats in each other’s countries. Both the countries accused each other of harassing and intimidating their diplomats. The diplomatic ties first took a hit when Pakistan’s ISI raided a residential complex under construction for Indian diplomats in Islamabad in February.
The residential complex was raided and electricity and water supply to the property were suspended. Following which the Indian high commissioner Ajay Bisaria met the Pakistan foreign secretary to protest against the harassment of their diplomats.
Earlier, Pakistan had accused India of intimidating and harassing its diplomats’ children while they were on their way to school. In a note verbale, Pakistan high commission alleged that the car of one of its senior diplomats with his children on board was blocked on road.