Attempts made to hack diplomats' social media accounts, India takes up matter with Pak

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WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 14, 2019, 06.25 PM (IST) Siddhant Sibal

The harassment of Indian diplomats continues unabated this year as well. The latest incident is an attempt to hack the social media accounts of Indian High Commission diplomats posted in Islamabad. In one such incident, attempts were made to hack the social media account of a second secretary in Islamabad. Fake profile similar to that of the diplomat's relatives was created to hack the account.

In another incident, a second secretary stationed at the Indian mission received an email from Facebook notifying repeated attempts made to log into his Facebook account.

India sent a note verbale regarding the issue to Pakistan's foreign office on January 10 saying, "such incidents of aggressive surveillance, violation of privacy and harassment amount to a breach of the understanding reached between Pakistan foreign secretary and the High Commissioner of India on 27th March 2018."

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Indian diplomats in Islamabad have been facing harassment since the end of 2018. On December 4, 2018, the Indian High Commissioner and Deputy High Commissioner were closely followed and aggressively watched by Pakistani security officials during a wedding reception at Serena Hotel, Islamabad. 

  A Timeline of Harassment
Dec 4 Indian HC, Deputy aggressively kept watch on
Dec 10 Someone tries to barge into diplomat's house
Dec 21  Diplomats questioned on road in Peshawar
Dec 25 Electricity cut to diplomat's house 

 

On December 10, someone tried to barge into the house of an Indian diplomat. On December 21, the Indian High Commission team was questioned on a road in Peshawar. On Christmas, the electricity was cut to the house of an Indian diplomat. 

WION was the first to report the harassment of Indian diplomats in Pakistan. Earlier in 2018, Indian and Pakistani diplomats in Islamabad and New Delhi had reported incidents of harassment and an understanding was reached in March 2018 to avoid such occurrences with both sides coming out with an official statement. 

The functioning of the diplomatic missions between India and Pakistan is governed by the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961 and the bilateral Code of Conduct, 1992.

The 1992 code of conduct clearly says the safety and security of the premises of diplomatic personnel, their families shall be respected and protected and any intrusive and aggressive surveillance shall not be allowed.

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In another incident, a second secretary stationed at the Indian mission received an email from Facebook notifying of repeated attempts made to log into his Facebook account.