India issues note verbale after High Commission officials 'aggressively followed' in Pakistan

Officials harassed intimidated India issues 12th Note Verbale to Pakistan

Officials harassed intimidated India issues 12th Note Verbale to Pakistan

Kumar said there are several points of contention between the two countries that have been pending for quite some time now and that India wishes to raise them for resolution through diplomatic channels and not before the media.

India had invited Pakistan commerce minister Pervez Malik last month to take part in the informal WTO ministerial meeting planned to be held in New Delhi on March 19-20 and Islamabad had first accepted the invitation.

Islamabad's decision came in the backdrop of India issuing another note verbale - a form of written diplomatic protest - to Pakistan on the alleged harassment of Indian High Commission officials on Saturday.

Yesterday, India gave Pakistan a note verbale through its high commission in Islamabad, specifically mentioning two incidents of harassment.

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Pakistani officials even released a video of such "harassment", in which a white auto is seen blocking their diplomat's vehicle in Delhi and people on motorcycles abusing and filming the occupants.

India has invited trade ministers of over 50 nations, including the United States and China, to discuss key issues related areas such as agriculture and services.

While India has said it is looking into the incidents, it sought to downplay them and stated that the visit of High Commissioner Mahmood to Islamabad is "routine and normal", according to Raveesh Kumar, Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

"India sent a note verbale to Pakistan on Friday with seven points highlighting in chronological order incidents of Indian diplomats being harassed", sources told NDTV. An Indian officer and his family were followed by bike-borne men on Thursday, March 15, in Islamabad.

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Dr Faisal denied New Delhi's allegation that similar incidents have occurred with Indian diplomats in Pakistan. "Videos were made using mobile phone", the sources said.

The tit-for-tat doorbell wars began when the bell of the Indian Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan was rung at 3 am, Bloomsberg correspondent Ian Marlow tweeted.

However, the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that the high commissioner would stay back for an indefinite period or "until Indian agencies stop intimidating the staff and families of their diplomatic mission" in New Delhi.

New Delhi too played down the issue and clarified that it was not an official recall.

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