India sends another Note Verbale to Pakistan on diplomats harassment

India on Sunday gave yet another Note Verbale to Pakistan Foreign Ministry,  protesting against the intimidation and harassment of the Indian High Commission officials in Pakistan and
urged Islamabad to conduct investigations and “share” the result of the probe, with it.

“We have asked the Pakistan government to investigate these incidents (harassment of Indian diplomats working in Pakistan) and ensure that such incidents do not recur and share the result of the investigation with us,” an MEA source said here.

The Indian government has also alleged that “the website of the High Commission continues to be intermittently blocked, causing inconvenience and affecting the normal functioning of the Mission”.

A day after the 12th Note Verbale was sent on Saturday, another such Note was sent on Sunday by the Indian  High Commission in Islamabad to the Pakistan Foreign Ministry, protesting against the intimidation and harassment of the Indian officials. “This was the 13th Note Verbale this year on the subject,” sources said.

In Sunday’s missive, three incidents were highlighted, including one on Website blockade. “Second Secretary at the India High Commission was aggressively followed by unidentified people in a car  in close proximity in an intimidating manner while he was going to Chhaye Khana restaurant. Videos were made using mobile phone,” the source said.

In yet another incident on Sunday itself, four High Commission of India officials traveling in an  “official vehicle” were aggressively followed, while going to Aabpara market by two unknown persons  on motorbikes, in an “intimidating manner”, the MEA official alleged.

In Saturday’s Note Verbale, two incidents were highlighted, sources said. Indian Foreign Ministry on Thursday has said there was no need to make an issue of Pakistani envoy Sohail Mahmood being called by the government there and asserted that such summoning are “pretty normal” in diplomatic world.

“Let us be clear on why he has gone back (to Islamabad). He has been called for consultation. It is pretty normal an ambassador or a High Commissioner in any country to be called. This is routine also in nature,” MEA Spokesman Raveesh Kumar told reporters here, at the regular weekly briefing.

However, he said the Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan is “facing a litany of issues, which have not been resolved for several months”. The MEA Spokesman also has said that India was keen to ensure that Indian mission in Pakistan was able to discharge its duties normally “without any obstruction or harassment in keeping with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961.


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