India issues Note Verbale to Pakistan Foreign Ministry over harassment of diplomats

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WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 20, 2019, 08.49 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

India on Monday issued a Note Verbale to Pakistan Foreign Ministry as more incidents regarding harassment of Indian diplomats in Islamabad were reported last week.

On March 14 and 15, India's Naval Advisor was not only followed but agency personnel were seen keeping surveillance of his house.

In another case, a staff member at the residence of an Indian Diplomat was questioned in an aggressive manner by an unknown person on details such as who stays in the house, the time of vacating of the house and the procedure followed to rent the house.

This is the second week of such harassment of Indian diplomats this month. 

In the first week of March, Indian diplomats were followed and surveillance was seen in front of their houses. The diplomats have also been receiving hoax calls.  Pakistan agency personnel have been seen following the Indian High Commission's car on a daily basis. 

New Delhi has called these incidents violation of Vienna convention on diplomatic relations and asked Islamabad to investigate the matter and asked it to provide safety and security for the Indian diplomatic staff and their family members.

The first such incident of Indian diplomats being harassed was reported in November 2018 when the internet was suspended and electricity was cut in peak winters of Islamabad. Since then the harassment has only increased despite New Delhi repeatedly calling on Pakistan to make sure such incidents are not repeated. 

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.
 

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On March 14 and 15, India's Naval Advisor was not only followed but agency personnel were seen keeping surveillance of his house.