India sends one more note verbale to Pakistan

19 March, 2018, 00:29 | Author: Teresa Adams
  • India and Pakistan have fought three wars since their independence from Britain

According to Pakistan, while aggressive investigation has happened in past two days, the "nature, scale and intensity" of recent incidents of alleged harassment by Indian authorities has never been observed earlier.

The decision to withdraw from the WTO meeting comes on the heels of the calling back of Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Sohail Mehmood for consultations.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has reportedly made a decision to pull out of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial meet, which is scheduled to take place on March 19-20, in New Delhi, India.

Pakistan's foreign ministry on Thursday said it it had called its top diplomat in India back home for consultations after allegations of harassment of Pakistani diplomatic staff in New Delhi.

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Last week, on March 11, Islamabad accused India of harassing diplomats and their families living in the country, reported Pakistan-based publication Dawn, quoting diplomatic sources.

For the WTO summit, India has invited Trade Ministers of over 50 nations including the US, China and Pakistan to discuss key issues related with areas like agriculture and services.

This was the 13th Note Verbale this year on the subject, the sources said.

Indian High Commission in Islamabad on Saturday sent another note verbale to Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan protesting against intimidation and harassment of the Indian officials in Pakistan.

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Sources said, "On 18 March, second secretary at the High Commission was aggressively followed by unidentified people in a vehicle in close proximity in an intimidating manner while he was going to Chhaye Khana restaurant". It began when Pakistan's ISI raided a residential complex for Indian diplomats in Islamabad in February.

"Our high commissioner will not return to India anytime soon", a senior foreign office official told Pakistani daily The Express Tribune just hours after Mahmood returned from New Delhi on Friday.

"Website of Indian HC continues to be intermittently blocked causing inconvenience & affecting the normal functioning of the Mission".

While India has been accusing Pakistan of harassing its officials, Pakistan issued a demarche to India saying it was becoming hard for its diplomats to function in Delhi.

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