Iran backs Kashmir cause while telling Pakistan to join Chabahar project

Elias Hubbard
March 14, 2018

The Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi has written four note verbale to the Ministry of External Affairs, alleging specific incidents of harassment of diplomats, their family members and Indian workers in the High Commission.

According to sources, the Indian High Commissioner's auto 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. In another incident Thursday, the Pakistan High Commissioner was chased and his auto was damaged by unknown individuals.

In another note, it said that the auto was hit from behind by another vehicle with Indian authorities on board.

The senior Pakistani diplomat stressed that Iran and Pakistan will always continue to work very closely to make sure that they work for a mutual benefit. However, a source here said Indian diplomats in Islamabad were being regularly tailed and intimidated.

Pakistan also warned that such aggressive blocking of cars on roads will not just endanger the lives of Pakistani diplomats, but also cause a major road accident.

Sources said that the Pakistan government was placing roadblocks in completion of the Indian High Commission's residential complex in Islamabad. Singh reiterated India's concerns over the treatment meted out to Indian diplomats in Islamabad.

Children of a Pakistani diplomat were subjected to harassment in the second incident as the vehicle they were travelling in was intercepted on a busy highway of the Indian capital. "We have also offered Pakistan and China to participate in Chahbahar", Zarif, who is on a three-day visit to Pakistan, said while delivering a lecture at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) Monday, according to the daily. The issue was discussed at length in a meeting between Indian foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale. For India, it is important that its diplomats in Islamabad are not discriminated against and denied membership of the prestigious Islamabad Club +.

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