Harassment of Pakistani diplomats, families continues in New Delhi

An Indian vehicle reportedly intercepted a Pakistani diplomat's car in Indian capital New Delhi

An Indian vehicle reportedly intercepted a Pakistani diplomat's car in Indian capital New Delhi

"A protest lodged by the Pakistani High Commissioner with the Indian Foreign Secretary, instead of ameliorating the situation, was followed by further harassment of the officers of the High Commission, stoppage of provision of gas to the High Commission Residential Complex and threatening of contractors/staff working in the High Commission", read a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In the latest of such incidents which have continued unabated, on Tuesday (today) a auto carrying school-going children of the counsellor was followed by unknown persons on cars and motorcycles. Water and electricity supply to the high commission was also cut off. The children were harassed, intimidated and their vehicle was blocked.

One of the allegations pertains to children of a Pakistan counsellor who were allegedly "harassed, obstructed and blocked" by "unknown persons... while they were on their way from British School to home". "They were followed all the way to their residence".

In another incident, the vehicle of another senior counselor was forcefully stopped by an unknown individual who then disembarked and took pictures of the counselor. Pakistan High Commission again raised the issue with the MEA.

In a new low for ties, India-Pakistan relations are now caught in a vicious cycle of reprisals which was initiated because of, as Indian authorities say, a raid on a residential complex for Indian diplomats by ISI in Islamabad.

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He emphasised that under the Vienna Convention, the safety and the security of Pakistani diplomats and their families is the responsibility of the Indian Government.

This has come days after several complaints of harassment of Indian diplomats in Islamabad.

The spat over alleged official disrespect started with Pakistan accusing India of harassing its diplomats. Sources said Indian diplomats and officials in Islamabad were being subjected to increased hostility, harassment and intimidation and this had been intimated to Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Following the recent escalation in incidents of such nature, sources said the Pakistani diplomats, their children and families were finding it hard to stay in New Delhi due to the intimidating behaviour of the Indian authorities.

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 past year since the 2003 ceasefire accord took effect leaving 87 people dead.

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