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Acting Indian HC summoned to protest harassment of Pakistani envoys in India

February 19, 2019

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A file photo of Indian Acting Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia leaving the Foreign Office in Islamabad.
A file photo of Indian Acting Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia leaving the Foreign Office in Islamabad.

Special Secretary (Asia Pacific) Imtiaz Ahmad on Tuesday summoned the Acting Indian High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia to lodge a strong protest against the anti-Pakistan demonstration a day earlier when protesters were allowed to reach and jolt the gate of the Pakistan House despite the presence of Indian security officials.

Diplomatic tensions between the two neighbours have escalated following last week's suicide bombing in occupied Kashmir's Pulwama area which had targeted Indian paramilitary soldiers — an act India alleges Pakistan to be involved in without providing any proof.

According to a press release issued by the Foreign Office, it was underscored that despite a strong protest to the Indian Government, acts of harassment targeting the Pakistan High Commission, Pakistan House and the Officers/Officials of the high commission and their families continued, including abusive calls to the Pakistan High Commission helpline.

The special secretary, as per the FO press release, reiterated Pakistan’s demand from the Indian government for a comprehensive, immediate investigation of the serious breach of security, foolproof measures for the safety and security of Pakistan House, high commission and its officers/officials and their families in New Delhi, and assurances that such incidents do not recur.