The diplomatic spat between India and Pakistan got ugly with Islamabad accusing New Delhi of harassing, bullying and targeting its envoys, especially the children.In a detailed statement, the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi said that the ‘children (of the envoys) are being harassed and intimidated by Indian agencies.’Islamabad has said that the ‘families and children of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi continue to face intense harassment, intimidation and outright violence from the Indian state agencies. These have escalated exponentially in the last few days.’ It also listed out specific instances of such acts. Pakistan claims that ‘On March 7 and 8, the children of the officers of the Mission were harassed while returning from school. Their cars were stopped by unknown persons who threatened the children and filmed them.’In another incident, Islamabad claims that ‘the car of the Naval Adviser was aggressively chased. On the same day, Counselor Political was forcibly evicted from a cab and harassed by unknown persons, who used abusive language, threatened him and filmed the whole incident with impunity.’According to Foreign Office Spokesperson the Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh was summoned at FO and a strong protest was lodged in this context.Director General (South Asia and SAARC) Dr. Mohammad Faisal emphasized that under the Vienna Convention, the safety and the security of Pakistani diplomats and their families is the responsibility of the Indian government.All this comes a day after India’s Ministry of External Affairs said that ‘incidents of alleged harassment will no doubt be investigated. India makes all efforts to provide a safe, secure and hospitable environment for diplomats to work in.’However, New Delhi also said that the Indian diplomats have been facing difficult situations in Pakistan for a long time. But they chose to tackle it with ‘quiet and persistent diplomacy’”Harassment is the new normal for Indian High Commission personnel in Islamabad,” said the MEA.

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