New Delhi: In an incident that sparked off yet another diplomatic row between India and Pakistan with both the countries alleging harassment by local authorities in Islamabad and New Delhi, a staffer of the Pakistan High Commission was detained on Monday for allegedly touching a woman inappropriately at Delhi’s Sarojini market.
According to the woman, the man touched her inappropriately in the market, a claim rejected by the staffer. Denying the charges, the man said his hand merely brushed past the woman due to heavy crowd in the market.
A senior police official said the matter was sorted out after the man apologised to the woman. The police also denied media reports that the staffer was detained.
While Pakistan accused India of violating the Vienna convention by detaining its official, New Delhi reminded the neighbouring country of the harassment faced by Indian diplomats in Islamabad.
On Monday, the Indian High Commission in Islamabad had strongly raised objection with Pakistan against the alleged attempts to hack the social media account of one of its diplomats and incidents of close tailing of the Indian envoy and his deputy.
The Indian mission, in a note verbale, raised with Pakistan Foreign Office the incident of the Indian High Commissioner and his deputy being put under an aggressive watch by a Pakistani security official during a wedding reception on December 4 in Serena Hotel in Islamabad.
The sources said attempts were made to hack the social media account of the second secretary and that the official received an email from Facebook administration that repeated attempts were made by unknown people to log into his Facebook account.
The Indian High Commission has requested the Pakistan Foreign Office to take note of these incidents.
Such incidents of aggressive surveillance, violation of privacy and harassment amount to a breach of understanding between the Pakistan Foreign Secretary and the High Commissioner of Indian in March last year, the Indian mission said in the communication to the Pakistan Foreign Office.