Written Shubhajit Roy
| New Delhi |

Published: July 1, 2020, 7:08:37 am





It happened a week after India asked Pakistan to reduce its high Commission in new Delhi half

Twenty-eight employees, including diplomats from the high Commission of India in Pakistan, returned Tuesday 39 employees with high Commission here, Pakistan has returned to Pakistan through the border the VAG.

“To date, 39 employees of the Pakistani high Commission along with their families have returned to Pakistan through the border the VAG. 28 members of the high Commission of India and members of their families have also returned today to India via the VAG/Attari,” a Pakistani high Commission said.

It happened a week after India asked Pakistan to reduce because of its high Commission in new Delhi by half, and said that would do the same on his mission in Islamabad during the week.

Most recent 50 per cent fall in the Indian and Pakistani high Commission was made after the Parliament attack in December 2001, the then Minister of foreign Affairs, The Jaswant Singhasked abbreviations should be completed within 48 hours.

The moves on Tuesday after two Was detained by the staff of the Indian high Commission Pakistani authorities, and released only after new Delhi protested. Last month, India had excluded two Pakistani officials of the high Commission for espionage in new Delhi.

Ten months ago, Pakistan has worsened bilateral relations after India abolished the special status granted to the former state of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370.

India followed – and the decision Tuesday, gave the acting high Commissioner of Pakistan, who was summoned to the foreign Ministry in South block, further worsened relations. Both countries then withdrew their high Commissioners.

Under a bilateral agreement, India and Pakistan 110 diplomats and employees each in their high Commission in another country. This number is now coming up to 55 in each national capital.

Pakistan “categorically rejected and strongly condemned the unfounded allegations made by the Ministry of foreign Affairs of India as a pretext to reduce by 50% the number of staff in the high Commission for Pakistan in new Delhi”, Ministry of foreign Affairs in Islamabad said.

In new Delhi, the MEA said, “the chargé d’affaires of Ukraine in Pakistan was summoned to the foreign Ministry and told that India has repeatedly expressed concern about the activities of the officials of the high Commission. They engaged in espionage and to maintain relations with terrorist organizations. Two officials were caught red-handed and sent to 31 may 2020 was one example in this regard.”

MES statement reads: “while their officials indulged in actions that were inconsistent with their privileged status in the high Commission, Pakistan in parallel to engage in a sustained campaign to intimidate the officials of the Indian high Commission in Islamabad carrying on its legitimate diplomatic functions. The recent kidnapping at gunpoint of two Indian officials and their ill-treatment, emphasizes that Pakistan has gone in that direction. These officials, who returned to India on June 22, 2020 presented graphic details of the barbaric treatment that they experienced at the hands of Pakistani agencies.”

MES said, “the behavior of Pakistan and its officials is not in accordance with the Vienna Convention and bilateral agreements on the treatment of diplomatic and consular officials. On the contrary, it is an integral element of a broader policy of supporting cross-border violence and terrorism.

“Thus, the government of India has decided to reduce the number of staff in the Pakistan high Commission in new Delhi by 50%. It was mutual to reduce its presence in Islamabad in the same proportion. This decision, which must be implemented within seven days, were transferred to Pakistani attorney.”

In a statement, the Pakistani foreign Ministry said it “completely rejects allegations of a violation of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, officials of the high Commission for Pakistan in new Delhi and States that they always act within international law and diplomatic norms.”

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