Indian Diplomat Harassed by Bike-borne Men in Islamabad

Pakistan       by Haider Ali Sindhu | Published

He added that despite identifying the miscreants and bringing them to the notice of senior officials in India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), "no positive action has been taken from the Indian side so far".

Pakistan claims that several children of its diplomats had been "intimidated and threatened on their way home from their school" in Delhi, while India says its diplomats in Islamabad are being harassed as well.

"On March 18, the second secretary at the Indian high commission in Pakistan was aggressively followed by unidentified people in a vehicle in close proximity in an intimidating manner while he was going to Chhaye Khana restaurant".

On 15th March, another officer and his family were aggressively followed by two men on the motorbike when he was going to a restaurant. Sources said that Malik has already confirmed his participation.

The tit-for-tat doorbell wars began when the bell of the Indian Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan was rung at 3 am, Bloomsberg correspondent Ian Marlow tweeted.

Officials rejected allegations that Indian diplomatic staff were also facing hurdles and harassment in Pakistan.




At the time of recall, Pakistan maintained that the envoy was called to Islamabad for "consultations".

A day after India issued its 12th note verbale to Pakistan protesting the "intimidation" of its staff there, it gave another such diplomatic note to the neighbouring country today, taking the tally to 13, reported PTI.

"Our High Commissioner in New Delhi has been asked to come to Islamabad for consultations", said Muhammad Faisal, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman.

Indian officials said that the standoff was months old, when in May previous year, Pakistani government "intermittently blocked Indian government websites in Pakistan" and "visa seekers faced trouble".

Amid the tension between the two countries, The Indian Express reported that it has emerged that Pakistan has blocked Indian government websites - those with domain names.gov and.in - since last May.

While India has been accusing Pakistan of harassing its officials, Pakistan issued a demarche to India saying it was becoming hard for its diplomats to function in Delhi.

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