India continues to harass Pakistan's diplomatic staff, families: Foreign Office

Modi govt seemed failed in putting a leash on officials of its spy agencies for the past several days

They also revealed that Indian diplomats are getting the same treatment in Pakistan. Another Pakistani diplomat alleged to have had his auto tailed on Thursday evening.

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.

According to the reports from Pakistani Officials, the incident took place while the diplomat was returning to his home in Vasant Vihar.

In one of the latest incidents, a auto of Pakistani high commission official was intercepted by another vehicle followed by the humiliation of his pictures being taken in front of general public. In the latest blow, Pakistan has released a video of a diplomat's vehicle being blocked - allegedly deliberately - by an exceptionally slow-moving auto on a main road in New Delhi.

The Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi has however written a note to the Ministry of External Affairs, alleging specific incidents of harassment of diplomats. This followed similar incidents on March 7 and 8, the statement said.

In the note verbale, Pakistan also warned that such incidents will not only endanger the lives of the children of Pakistani diplomats but also cause a major road accident. There was no official comment from the Ministry of External Affairs.

Islamabad emphasised that under the Vienna Convention, the safety and the security of Pakistani diplomats and their families were the responsibility of New Delhi, said an official release from the Pakistan foreign office, copies of which were also made available to the Indian media.

Pakistan also accused the Indian officials of intimidating the children of a senior diplomat while they were on their way to school.

Pakistan said at least three of its diplomats, and several of their children, had been harassed in recent days. "In view of such an atmosphere of intimidation, most families have returned to India and children have been withdrawn from schools", the source said.

Following the recent escalation in incidents of such nature, sources said the Pakistani diplomats, their children and families were finding it hard to stay in New Delhi due to the intimidating behaviour of the Indian authorities. This happened even after a repeated request by India to Pakistan that the two countries ensure a safe working environment for their respective High Commissions.

J.P. Singh was summoned by Director General (South Asia & SAARC) Dr. Mohammad Faisal and a strong protest was lodged at the maltreatment being meted out to the officials and families of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.



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