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Pak security agencies keeping watch, intimidating Indian High Commission officials in Islamabad

ANI | Updated: Mar 20, 2019 20:14 IST

Islamabad,[Pakistan] Mar 20 (ANI): Officials of Indian High Commission in Islamabad are facing continuous harassment by Pakistan security agencies in the heart of Pakistan's capital city.   

According to sources, on March 14, two Pakistani security agency personnel were seen keeping watch outside residence of Naval Adviser of India. He was hosting a dinner at that time at his residence.
Next day the naval adviser was aggressively tailed by two Pakistani security agency personnel
In another incident, staff member of Indian High Commission who was looking into arrangements for moving house of the Second Secretary was approached by a person who inquired, in an intimidating manner, about details of the occupants of the house, the time of vacating of the house and the procedure followed to rent the house.
India High Commission has sent a strongly worded note verbal to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Pakistan.
India has urged MOFA to investigate incidents of harassment. In the note, India has also mentioned that incidents of harassment of family members is against the Vienna Convention.
India on Monday had issued a Note Verbale to Pakistan Foreign Ministry saying Pakistani agencies are "harassing and tailing" Indian diplomats in Islamabad again.
According to the note, India cited 13 instances of harassment in the month of March itself and asked Pakistan to stop such incidents and investigate the matter.
On March 8, a First Secretary was aggressively tailed by 
Pakistani security agency personnel in a car while proceeding from the Chancery to the bank. On the same day, the Naval Adviser was aggressively tailed by Pakistani security agency in a car while proceeding from Chancery to his residence, the note read.
The note also cited instances of two Indian officers receiving a number of hoax calls during the last few days.
On March 9, Deputy High Commissioner was aggressively tailed by Pakistani security agency personnel on a motorcycle. The following day, the Deputy High Commissioner was again aggressively followed by personnel on a motorcycle while going from his residence to a market, the note mentioned.
On March 9 and 10, the Naval Adviser was aggressively tailed by  Pakistani security agency personnel in a car while going from residence to Islamabad Club and to another officer's residence, the note further stated. It further mentioned that on the same dates, one Pakistani agency personnel was observed keeping static surveillance outside the residence of Deputy High Commissioner.
The agency personnel was also observed meeting the local security guard outside the residence regularly and asking details regarding availability of the officer and details of occupants of the residence. They were found keeping surveillance outside the residence during a dinner party at his residence, it said.
On March 9 and 10, Pakistani personnel were spotted “keeping static surveillance” outside the home of the Deputy High Commissioner and they also met the local security guard regularly and sought details regarding the official.
Furthermore, the High Commissioner was being followed by two  Pakistani agency personnel, the note said.
India has asked Pakistani authorities to “investigate these incidents urgently and instruct the relevant agencies to ensure that similar incidents do not recur”.
It stated that such incidents of harassment were in clear violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 and that the safety and security of Indian High Commission officers, staff members, and their families is the responsibility of the Pakistan government.  (ANI)

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