India Accuses Pak Of Chasing, Abusing Its Diplomats


Last month, India had invited Pakistan's Commerce Minister Pervez Malik to participate in the informal WTO ministerial meeting taking place in New Delhi on March 19-20.

In another incident today, four high commission officials travelling in an official vehicle were "aggressively followed" by two unknown persons on motorbikes in an "intimidating manner" when they were on their way to Aabpara market, the sources shared further.

The bickering between India and Pakistan over alleged harassment of each other's diplomats took a new turn after Islamabad called its High Commissioner home for consultations, which was termed by India as "routine" and "normal".

The Pakistan Foreign Ministry claimed that the staff and their families have been facing "harassment, intimidation and outright violence" from Indian state agencies in recent weeks.

The government said on Sunday that 50 nations will engage in free and frank discussions on global trade in New Delhi this week to explore the options for resolving various issues and re-invigorating the WTO.

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"Eight paramilitary personnel, belonging to the 212th battalion, were killed in the blast", he said. He said, "Our jawans sacrificed their lives while fighting a tough battle".

To a question, he said Pakistan's high commissioner in India had been recalled to consult the current situation.

"This deliberate bullying, which continues is not confined to a single isolated event, and continues unabated despite repeated official protests lodged with the Indian high commission here", Faisal was quoted as saying in The Express Tribune. In a 12th complaint, India alleged that some bike-borne men harassed an Indian diplomat and his family in Islamabad.

Diplomatic sources said that "nobody will attend the WTO meeting" in Delhi from Islamabad.

Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said Thursday that the government did not "wish to respond to these issues through the media but through established diplomatic channels". The diplomats were subjected to "aggressive surveillance and harassment", the Indian High Commission said in its second such protest in as many days.

However, New Delhi did not fail to bring to attention that Pakistan was allegedly responsible for carrying out an equivalent campaign of harassment against its own diplomats posted in Islamabad, accusing Pakistani intelligence agents for having entered the embassy's residential compound.