Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

India Harassing Diplomat's Children on Way to School

India Harassing Diplomat's Children on Way to School

In a statement, the minister regretted that such incidents were taking place despite raising the issue repeatedly with the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria had met Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua last month to lodge a formal complaint but nothing was done in the matter.

In a new development to the serious diplomatic spat between India and Pakistan over allegations of harassment and intimidation, the Pakistan High Commission has released a video on Tuesday, showing how the diplomat's auto was blocked in New Delhi.

On 7 and 8 March 2018, the children of the officers of the Mission were harassed while returning from school.

According to sources, the Indian High Commissioner's vehicle was recently stopped by Pakistani agencies in the middle of a busy road to prevent him from attending a lunch hosted by the Bohra community in Karachi, where he had gone to attend a literature festival. They also revealed that Indian diplomats are getting the same treatment in Pakistan.

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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. "Their cars were stopped by unknown persons who threatened the children and filmed them". "These have escalated exponentially in the last few days", he said.

"The total apathy and failure of the Indian government to put a halt to these despicable incidents, sparing not even young children, indicates both a lack of capacity to protect foreign diplomats posted in India or a more reprehensible, complicit unwillingness to do so", he maintained. The Pakistan High Commission has also alleged that this was done by the Indian security and intelligence agencies.

On Monday, March 12, Pakistan's ISI raided a residential complex for Indian diplomats in Islamabad.

On the other hand, government sources told The Indian Express that Indian officials in Islamabad are being subjected to increased hostility, harassment and intimidation. The video, shot by the diplomat, was aired on several Pakistani television news channels.

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The spat over alleged official disrespect started with Pakistan accusing India of harassing its diplomats.

A demarche was made to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad and external affairs ministry in New Delhi in this regard.

"Aggressive surveillance, violation of physical space and tailing of officers in close and risky proximity is a perennial issue", said the official.

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