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Indian Diplomat Harassed, Intimidated by Bike-borne Men in Islamabad; India Submits Complaint
In a 12th complaint, India alleged that some bike-borne men harassed an Indian diplomat and his family in Islamabad.
New Delhi, Mar 17: Indian High Commission in Islamabad on Saturday sent another note verbale to Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan protesting against intimidation and harassment of the Indian officials in Pakistan. In a 12th complaint, India alleged that some bike-borne men harassed an Indian diplomat and his family in Islamabad.
“Another Note Verbale was sent today by Indian High Commission in Islamabad to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan protesting against the intimidation and harassment of Indian High Commission officials. This was the 12th Note Verbale this year on the subject,” ANI quoted a source as saying.
“Incidents of harassment of officials who had gone for shopping to the Blue Area in Islamabad on 17th March and an officer & his family followed by bike-borne men on 15th March were highlighted. We have asked the Pakistan Government to investigate these incidents,” it added. (Also Read: India Harassing Diplomat’s Children on Way to School, Complains Pakistan)
India and Pakistan have long been caught in a diplomatic tussle over ‘harassment’ of their envoys. It began when Pakistan’s ISI raided a residential complex for Indian diplomats in Islamabad in February. “Harassment is the new normal for Indian high commission personnel in Islamabad,” a source was quoted as saying.
While India has been accusing Pakistan of harassing its officials, Pakistan issued a demarche to India saying it was becoming difficult for its diplomats to function in Delhi. (Also Read: Pakistan Seeks Reciprocity For Its Diplomats in Delhi Golf Club, Gymkhana)
Last week, Pakistan 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.
In another note, it said that the car was hit from behind by another car with Indian authorities on board. The children were on their way to a British school when they were allegedly harassed and blocked by Indian officials. Another Pakistani diplomat alleged to have had his car tailed on Thursday evening.
“This deliberate bullying is not confined to a single isolated event, but continues unabated in a series of incidents, especially targeting the children of our officers and staff,” Pakistan said in a statement.