Pakistan accuses India of harassing diplomats, families

Islamabad: Pakistan on Saturday threatened to pull out the families of diplomats  if the harassing of its diplomats and their families  did not stop in New Delhi.High officials and staff of the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi are being consistently harassed by the Indian authorities since the last three days, diplomatic sources said on Saturday.

According to details, the vehicle of a senior Pakistani officer was stopped in Chanakyapuri area of New Delhi and was sent back to the high commission by Indian authorities. On the other hand, the children of Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner were stopped by officials from going to school and the driver was also harassed. These uncivilised acts by the Indian government have been termed as ‘deliberate’ by Pakistani diplomats stationed in India.

The rude and unprofessional behaviour of Indian authorities had left Pakistani diplomats and their families with no option but to try to get posted far away from the Indian capital where authorities have been engaged in a biased and hateful attitude.
A demarche was made to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad and external affairs ministry in Delhi, a diplomatic source revealed.

“It is becoming difficult for the Pakistani diplomats posted in India to keep their families with them due to increase in harassment incidents,” the source said.

It has become difficult for Pakistan embassy staff to keep their families there, reads a demarche made to Indian high commission. Harassment of families would not be tolerated at all, he maintained.

Relations between Pakistan and India have historically been tense, and the tensions aggravated under the BJP government.

Frequent ceasefire violations have been reported on the Line of Control and Working Boundary by India; in fact the highest number of breaches took place last year since the 2003 ceasefire accord took effect leaving 87 people dead.

Meanwhile, former president and co-chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party Asif Ali Zardari in a statement condemned harassment of Pakistani diplomats and declared it a serious violation of diplomatic norms.


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