Pak says Indian High Commission functioning without completion certificate

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaWritten By: Sidhant SibalUpdated: Jan 21, 2019, 05:50 PM IST

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India has in turn taken up the matter verbally with Pakistan. It has also summoned Pakistan's deputy high commissioner here in Delhi and asked him to explain the matter. 

Pakistan has dug up another issue in the ongoing saga of harassment of Indian mission and diplomats in Islamabad. 

This time it is the Capital development authority of Pakistan that had demanded "completion certificate" from the Indian high commission in Islamabad on the new compound. 

The authority has said the Indian mission has constructed, occupied and is functioning from the new building without a completion certificate. 

Capital Development Authority is the nodal body for providing municipal services in Islamabad Capital Territory. 

The Pakistani foreign ministry has raised the matter with India via a note verbale. India has taken up this matter with Pakistani high commission officials in Delhi.

The development comes, even as harassment of Indian diplomats continues. There were 4 major incidents of harassment of India diplomats in December of 2018. 

On December 4 2018, the Indian high commissioner and deputy high commissioner were aggressively kept watched by Pakistani agencies during an event in Islamabad. 

On December 10 someone tried to forcibly barge into the house of an Indian diplomat, on December 21 Indian High Commission team was questioned for 4 hours on the road in Peshawar and on December 25 electricity was cut for 4 hours at the house of an Indian diplomat. 

Other than this there was a hacking attempt of social media accounts of Indian diplomats. India has sent note verbale to Pakistani foreign ministry and raised the matter many times with them. 

In the last 2 weeks, Indian High commissioner Ajay Bisaria has met with Pakistan's foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua and Pakistani high commissioner Sohail Mahmood has met Indian foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale to discuss a range of issues from Karatarpur corridor to harassment of diplomats.