Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

India sends one more note verbale to Pakistan

India sends one more note verbale to Pakistan

Sources in the foreign ministry here said the situation has changed after "repeated harassment of families of diplomats" and it was chose to skip the invitation.

Representatives from 50 countries will be gathering in New Delhi on 19-20 March for an informal World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial meeting.

While an Indian official was quoted saying, "It was Pakistan's decision to pull out at the last minute, and the Indian side could not comment on it".

In light of recent incidents, the Pakistan's foreign ministry announced that it will call back High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood for consultations.

Pakistan's decision to stay away from the WTO meeting coincides with Islamabad calling its high commissioner to India Sohail Mehmood "for consultations" after alleged "harassment" of Pakistani diplomats.

The note verbale sent today protests the "intimidation and harassment of Indian High Commission officials", and is the thirteenth issued in 2018 on the subject. The first WTO meeting was held in 2009, DC reported.

On Saturday, the Indian High Commission in Islamabad had sent yet another complaint of harassment to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan.

India complained that the website of its High Commission remained intermittently blocked, making official work impossible.

For these problems to be solved, India Foreign Ministry needs to use tactical diplomacy.

Call it pro quid quo, but in a series of events reported on both sides of the border, doors of top diplomats have been ringing in the dead of night apparently to cause harassment.

The Pakistan high commission circulated videos of harassment of Pakistani staffers.

He said that under the Vienna Convention, the safety and the security of Pakistani diplomats and their families is the responsibility of the Indian Government.

This is second incident of such a kind for Indian diplomats living there in which they were intimidated and harassed over the last three days, Foreign Ministry sources said in New Delhi.

The latest diplomatic row was, apparently, triggered by actions by Pakistani security agencies that affected work on the residential complex India is building for its staff within the diplomatic enclave in Islamabad.

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