Many Indian diplomats in Pakistan are facing harassment with new gas connections not being issued and guests visiting diplomats being harassed.
India has previously claimed mistreatment including tailing the cars of high commission officials and ringing the doorbells of senior diplomatic staff at 3am and then disappearing. (Photo for representation: PTI)
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Indian diplomats have once again claimed harassment by Pakistan. According to sources, Indian consular officials in Pakistan have reported ill-treatment by the Pakistani government, with many not being given gas connections, having their electricity connection switched off randomly and even having access to the internet blocked.
The Ministry of External Affairs has reportedly taken up the matter with their Pakistani counterpart.
Sources have also claimed that guests visiting Indian diplomats have faced difficulties with Pakistan authorities subjecting them to intense security. Amid the crackdown, an Indian official also reported that an intruder tried to enter their Islamabad house on December 10.
Diplomatic tensions between India and Pakistan have been high for some time. Last month, India lodged a protest against Islamabad for humiliating and not letting Indian diplomats enter the Gurdwara Nankana Sahib despite permission.
Officials were not allowed to meet Indian Sikh pilgrims at these gurdwaras. Sources said Indian officials were not only barred, but also “humiliated” by Pakistani security officials. “They were also spoken to in a very bad and harsh language,” they added. Officials were also denied access to Sikh pilgrims in April and June.
Pakistan’s hostility breached the 1974 Bilateral Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines signed by the two countries and the 1992 Code of Conduct for the treatment of diplomatic and consular personnel in India and Pakistan.
The two nations had in March announced that they have agreed to mutually resolve all issues surrounding the treatment of diplomats. In a joint statement, both sides agreed to “resolve matters related to the treatment of diplomats and diplomatic premises, in line with the 1992 ‘Code of Conduct’ for treatment of Diplomatic/Consular personnel in India and Pakistan.”
India has previously claimed mistreatment allegedly including tailing the cars of high commission officials, cutting off water and electricity supplies and ringing the doorbells of senior diplomatic staff at 3am and then disappearing.
In February, the Indian High Commission in Islamabad reported raids at an under-construction residential building within its premises whose electricity and water lines had been cut. The contractor of the building, which is close to completion and is meant to house Indian diplomats, was intimidated and forced to stop work.