Pakistan calls home India envoy over harassment allegations


According to Indian officials, Pakistan has blocked the website intentionally to not allow Indian diplomats and officials to access their own government websites.

Surprisingly, Pakistan Commerce Minister Pervez Malik who was invited to take part in the meet had earlier accepted the invitation but the "repeated harassment of families of diplomats" prompted Islamabad to skip the invitation.

India reportedly sent a note verbale to Pakistan on Friday with seven points highlighting in chronological order incidents of Indian diplomats being harassed.

"Another Note Verbale was sent today by our High Commission in Islamabad to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan protesting against the intimidation and harassment of Indian High Commission officials", a source said.

Trade ministers of over 50 nations including the US, China and Pakistan were invited by India to discuss issues related to agriculture and services.

In two separate incidents, the Second Secretary and other officials were followed "in an intimidating manner"- in the first case, by people in a auto, and in the second, by bikers, the sources said.

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"It is pretty normal and routine for any country to call its envoy for consultations", Kumar said.

On the March 15, an official of the Indian mission and his family was aggressively followed by two men on motorbike while he was going to a restaurant.

Indian officials privately said that life had become "very difficult" for diplomats at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.

In light of recent incidents, the Pakistan's foreign ministry announced that it will call back High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood for consultations. The official defended the move, asserting that current situations it was not possible for the high commissioner to operate out of New Delhi.

After this, there were reports of power and gas supply being shut for the Indian diplomats in Islamabad, followed by door bells being rung late at night at the homes of diplomats in both the sides.

Kumar said that India is looking into the issues raised by Islamabad, but said that at the same time, the Indian High Commission there has also been facing issues that were raised several months ago.