Defence minister condemns harassment of Pakistani diplomats in India

The Pakistani High Commission has taken up the matter with the Indian government

The Pakistani High Commission has taken up the matter with the Indian government

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

The Pak high commission alleged that the children were harassed and blocked by Indian authorities while on way to school.

Sources in India also said that on February 16, the Indian High Commissioner met the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan to lodge a strong protest against multiple acts of hooliganism against Indian properties and personnel.

Meanwhile, Pakistan claimed that the officers, staff and the families of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi continue to face intense harassment, intimidation and outright violence from the Indian state agencies.

"Despite repeated official protests lodged with the Indian Ministry of External Affairs at the highest level, there has been a rise in the occurrence of such disturbing events", said Dr Mohammad Faisal.

Children of a Pakistani diplomat were subjected to harassment in the second incident as the vehicle they were travelling in was intercepted on a busy highway of the Indian capital. In a note verbale, Pakistan high commission alleged that the vehicle of one of the senior diplomats with his children on board was blocked on road.

In other incidents on March 9, the naval adviser's auto 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.

The official also said Pakistani agencies had raided the Indian High Commission's residential complex in Islamabad and disconnected the power and water supplies. One official was quoted as saying, "Aggressive surveillance, violation of physical space and tailing of [Indian] officers in close and risky proximity is a perennial issue" inside Pakistan.

Relations between Pakistan and India have historically been tense, and the tensions aggravated under the BJP government. "Obscene phone calls and messages are constantly received on phones", sources said, narrating the experiences of many Indian diplomats.

In one incident, the official said, an Indian diplomat's home was broken into and his laptop stolen.

Tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours have been high for months, with India taking Pakistan to the International Court of Justice past year, alleging mistreatment of Kulbhashan Jadhev, an Indian citizen convicted by a Pakistani military court for spying and orchestrating attacks on Pakistani soil.

Asad Hashim is Al Jazeera's Web Correspondent in Pakistan.

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