Again and again Indian diplomats are being resorted to harassment in Pakistan, by government officials themselves. In a latest incident, last week a High Commission team was harassed in Peshawar. on 21 December. On December 21, when Indian officials were returning from Qissa Khwani Bazar and nearby places to Hotel Pearl Continental their vehicle was stopped by two agency officials, who were following them on a motorbike.
The Indian delegation was stopped and questioned for almost 30 minutes on the main road itself. While the Indian officials requested them that they could collect information about the visit once they reach the hotel as it was inappropriate and inconvenient to wait on the main road, the agency officials did not allow them to proceed.
The agency officials warned the Indian officials that they should go back to Islamabad immediately. Subsequently, the visit had to be curtailed and the Indian officials had no choice but to return to Islamabad.
India has raised the matter with Islamabad. The Indian high commission issued a note verbale to Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on December 23 and requested to investigate the incident. Indian mission also asked agency officials to be sensitized on extending due courtesies and adequate protocol to visiting diplomats as per norms.
Indian diplomats are being harassed for weeks now. Earlier, on December 10, an intruder tried to enter the house an Indian diplomat in Islamabad. India has lodged a complaint. Other instances include no gas connection in new residences, randomly switching off electricity, hostile questioning of guests at receptions.