Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

India harassing diplomat's kids on way to school: Pak

India harassing diplomat's kids on way to school: Pak

Two more incidents of harassment of officers and families of Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi emerged on Wednesday, a day after the Foreign Office lodged a strong protest with a senior Indian diplomat stationed in Pakistan. To register a protest, Indian deputy high commission JP Singh was summoned by Pakistan on Tuesday.

Official notes were sent to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad and the External Affairs Ministry in New Delhi last week, according to Pakistani media.

Although India hasn't responded to the official communication from the Pakistan high commission, government sources said that the incident and the charges are getting investigated.

This deliberate bullying was not confined to a single isolated event, but continued unabated in a series of incidents, especially targeting the children of officers and staff, it added.

Pakistan on Tuesday accused India of intimidating and harassing its diplomat's children while they were on their way to school.

Islamabad also went on to list some of these events, including the one that, it said, took place on Tuesday in which the auto carrying the school-going children of a Counselor, who were returning from school, was followed by unknown persons on cars and motorcycles.

Diplomatic sources told the Dawn newspaper that children of Pakistani diplomats had been stopped and harassed on their way to school in India.

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In other incidents on March 9, the naval adviser's vehicle was aggressively chased and a political counsellor was forcibly evicted from a cab and harassed by unknown persons, who used abusive language, threatened him and filmed the whole incident with impunity.

"Cases of harassment and intimidation are normal for Indian diplomats in Islamabad".

On a couple of times occasion, the vehicles of the Pakistani High Commission officials and staff members have been intercepted.

"Under the Vienna Convention, the safety and the security of Pakistani diplomats and their families is the responsibility of the Indian Government", read the statement. Alleged incidents also include blocking and searching of diplomatic vehicles and diplomats' staff being abused. "We have noticed a surge in the last one year", said an Indian foreign ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"Aggressive surveillance, violation of physical space and tailing of officers in close and unsafe proximity is a perennial issue", said the official. They also revealed that Indian diplomats are getting the same treatment in Pakistan.

Following the meeting, instead of the incidents stopping, two counselors of the Pakistani mission were harassed in a similar manner.

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