Pakistan, India alternate barbs over ‘harassment of diplomats’


Islamabad – Pakistan’s international location of enterprise has accused India of harassing and intimidating its diplomats and their families posted in Novel Delhi, in essentially the latest escalation of tensions between the South Asian neighbours.

In an announcement released unhurried on Tuesday, the international location of enterprise acknowledged Pakistani officers and their families had been facing “intense harassment, intimidation and outright violence from the Indian notify agencies”.

India acknowledged it would maybe investigate the allegations. Indian diplomats posted in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, presupposed to Al Jazeera on Wednesday that they had been facing identical harassment for months.

Pakistan acknowledged no longer lower than three of its diplomats, and a couple of of their kids, had been harassed in most recent days.

“This deliberate bullying is rarely any longer confined to a single isolated match, however continues unabated in a series of incidents, in particular focusing on the kids of our officers and group,” acknowledged the Pakistani statement, list a series of alleged incidents.

On Tuesday, Pakistan alleges that autos carrying the kids of Pakistani diplomats had been stopped and threatened by unidentified men on their system help from faculty.

The boys allegedly took images of the kids and filmed their exchange with them. This followed identical incidents on March 7 and Eight, the statement acknowledged.

On March 9, Pakistan alleges that its naval manual’s automobile change into “aggressively chased”, whereas its political counselor change into “forcibly evicted from a cab” by unidentified men, who then threatened him.

Pakistan summoned the Indian deputy excessive commissioner to Pakistan to register a exclaim at the incidents, the international location of enterprise acknowledged.

“Below the Vienna Convention, the safety and the safety of Pakistani diplomats and their families is the responsibility of the Indian Government,” read the statement.

“The total apathy and failure of the Indian Government to place a quit to those wicked incidents, sparing no longer even young kids, indicates both an absence of capability to protect international diplomats posted in India or a more reprehensible, complicit unwillingness to develop so.”

Indian allegations

India, on the other hand, acknowledged that its diplomats posted to Islamabad were facing identical harassment.

“Cases of harassment and intimidation are long-established for Indian diplomats in Islamabad. Now we delight in got seen a surge in the closing 365 days,” acknowledged an Indian international ministry official, talking on situation of anonymity.

The official alleged that people of Pakistan’s Inter Companies Intelligence (ISI) leer agency entered the Indian residential compound in Islamabad closing month, “crossing a pink line”.

“Aggressive surveillance, violation of bodily dwelling and tailing of officers in finish and abominable proximity is a perennial bother,” acknowledged the official. “[Intelligence agency] personnel take care of taking pictures movies of the officers, thrusting phones on their faces. Uncouth phone calls and messages are persistently purchased on phones.”

In one incident, the official acknowledged, an Indian diplomat’s dwelling change into broken into and his computer computer stolen.

The South Asian neighbours, which delight in fought three wars since gaining independence from the British in 1947, repeatedly alternate tit-for-tat allegations of harassment and espionage against diplomats.

In October 2016, Pakistan expelled Indian diplomat Surjeet Singh, announcing he had violated the Vienna Convention and “established diplomatic norms”.

That followed a day after the detention and expulsion of a Pakistani diplomat by India on identical charges.

Tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours were excessive for months, with India taking Pakistan to the Global Court docket of Justice closing year, alleging mistreatment of Kulbhashan Jadhev, an Indian citizen convicted by a Pakistani defense force court docket for spying and orchestrating attacks on Pakistani soil.

The 2 countries repeatedly exchange fireplace across the de facto border in the disputed northern location of Kashmir, which both say in fleshy however administer separate parts of.

The shelling has killed a couple of civilians on either aspect of the line of take care of an eye fixed on since closing year.

There delight in, on the other hand, been minor eases in tensions, too, with Pakistan asserting earlier this month that it had permitted an Indian proposal to facilitate an exchange of female civilian prisoners, as successfully as prisoners who had been mentally challenged, had particular wants, or had been above 70 years of age.

Asad Hashim is Al Jazeera’s Web Correspondent in Pakistan. He tweets @AsadHashim