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Investigate harassment of our diplomats: India to Pakistan

File photo: India-Pakistan border. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 18, 2019, 08.21 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

Massive harassment of Indian diplomats has been reported in Islamabad for which India has sent a "note verbale" to Pakistan and asked Islamabad to not only investigate the incident but also share the results.

India has highlighted to the Pakistan foreign ministry how two Pakistan agency personnel have been seen following Indian High Commission's car on a daily basis. 

The current instance of harassment of Indian diplomats took place from 8th to 11th March in which they were not only aggressively followed by Pakistan security personnel but constant surveillance was kept on them.

Pakistani security agency personnel have been seen approaching local security guards at officers residence and pressurising them to divulge information

On 8th March, the first secretary was aggressively tailed by Pak security agencies while going to a bank. On the same day, Indian naval advisor was tailed in the bike while going from chancellery to his residence

On 9th March, India's deputy high commissioner was followed by a bike wherever he went. The Indian Naval advisor was again followed on the second day, Indian officials said. Incidentally, Pakistan agency personnel kept surveillance in a car stationed in front of the residence of the naval adviser.

The harassment continued on 10th as well when Deputy High Commissioner(DHC) was aggressively followed by Pakistan security personnel. The Pakistani agency personnel were observed meeting local security guards and asked details regarding availability of the officer, details of occupants. 

On 11th March, Indian naval adviser and military adviser were aggressively tailed while going from the residence to chancellery. 

Other than this two other officers of Indian high commission in Islamabad have been receiving hoax calls for last few days.

New Delhi has reminded Pakistan that the incidents are a violation of Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations and safety and security of the Indian High Commission.

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

India, Pakistan code of conduct of 1992 says safety and security of the premises of diplomatic personnel, their families shall be respected and protected. It also says intrusive and aggressive surveillance such as verbal and physical harassment shall not be allowed.

Indian diplomats harrassed: A timeline

March 8th: 
1st secretary, Naval advisor followed aggressively 

March 9th: 
DHC, Naval advisor aggressively followed; surveillance in front of naval advisor residence

March 10th:

DHC aggressively followed; surveillance in front of the house 

March 11th:

Naval adviser, military advisor aggressively followed

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India has highlighted to the Pakistan foreign ministry how two Pakistan agency personnel have been seen following Indian High Commission's car