Free Press Journal

India issues 13th Note Verbale to Pak on abuse of High Commission staff


New Delhi : India on Sunday gave yet another Note Verbale to Pakistan through its high commission in Islamabad protesting the ‘intimidation and harassment’ of mission officials, the 13th such diplomatic note in less than three months.

Official sources said that in the communication to the Pakistan foreign ministry, the Indian high commission specifically highlighted three cases of harassment, including one in which the second secretary at the mission was aggressively followed on Sunday by unidentified people in a car in close proximity in an intimidating manner while he was going to a restaurant. Videos were made using a mobile phone, the sources said.

They said that in the second incident on Sunday, four high commission officials travelling in an official vehicle were aggressively followed while going to Aabpara market by two unknown persons on motorcycles in an intimidating manner.

Also, the website of the Indian high commission continues to be intermittently blocked causing inconvenience and affecting the normal functioning of the mission, the sources said.

“We have asked Pak government to investigate these incidents and ensure that such incidents do not recur and share the result of investigation with us,” a source said.

                 The Note Verbale was sent today to Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry “protesting against the intimidation and harassment” of Indian High Commission officials. This was the 13th Note Verbale this year on the subject, the sources said.

                 Yesterday also,  India had sent a Note Verbale to Pakistan through its high commission and in the communication, it had specifically mentioned two incidents of harassment — one yesterday and the other on March 15.