Indian Diplomat Harassed by Bike-borne Men in Islamabad

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"We have asked the Pakistan Government to investigate these incidents", government sources said after New Delhi on Saturday issued a note verbale to Pakistan about the harassment of Indian officials.

Saying that recalling foreign envoys for consultations was a routine affair, Kumar assured that India has always done and will continue to do everything in its power "to provide a safe and secure environment for diplomats to work in".

India had invited Pakistan commerce minister Pervez Malik last month to take part in the informal WTO ministerial meeting planned to be held in New Delhi on March 19-20 and Islamabad had first accepted the invitation.

Among many of such incidents, an Indian diplomat and his family were on their way to a restaurant in Pakistan when they were chased by motorbike borne two men on Thursday of this week, which was just hours after India termed "harassment the new normal for Indian High Commission personnel in Islamabad".

Apart from Pakistan, India has also invited ministers from Australia, China, European Union the United States and several African countries to the conference starting on Monday.

The tit-for-tat doorbell wars began when the bell of the Indian Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan was rung at 3 am, Bloomsberg correspondent Ian Marlow tweeted.

Indian officials said that the standoff was months old, when in May previous year, Pakistani government "intermittently blocked Indian government websites in Pakistan" and "visa seekers faced trouble".

Sources said, "On 18 March, second secretary at the High Commission was aggressively followed by unidentified people in a auto in close proximity in an intimidating manner while he was going to Chhaye Khana restaurant".

The official justified the move, insisting that under current circumstances it was not possible for the high commissioner to operate out of New Delhi.

The Indian High Commission in Islamabad sent Pakistan's foreign ministry a note verbale after its officials were "aggressively followed", and its website "intermittently blocked", sources said.

Both nations have accused each other of using spies to harass their respective diplomats and their families, including school-going children.

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