Diplomat doorbell pranks reflect rise in Indian-Pakistan tensions

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since their independence from Britain

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since their independence from Britain

"On March 18, the Second Secretary at the High Commission was aggressively followed by unidentified people in a vehicle, in close proximity, in an intimidating manner, while he was going to the Chhaye Khana restaurant", said a source, hinting at the content of the diplomatic note.

Last month, India had invited Pakistan's Commerce Minister Pervez Malik to participate in the informal WTO ministerial meeting taking place in New Delhi on March 19-20.

Islamabad has called back its envoy from New Delhi, ostensibly for consultations, though reports suggest he may not return any time soon, or at least till the situation improves.

India has invited Trade Ministers of over 50 nations including the US, China and Pakistan to discuss key issues related with areas like agriculture and services.

Pakistan has chose to not take part in the World Trade Organization meeting in New Delhi next week as a protest over alleged harassment of its diplomats in India.

On the March 15, an official of the Indian mission and his family was aggressively followed by two men on motorbike while he was going to a restaurant. [Intelligence agency] personnel keep shooting videos of the officers, thrusting phones on their faces.

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The Indian high commission in Islamabad has also been lodging protests on similar grounds claiming disturbance to its functioning for over a week now. This meant that the Indian high commission was covered with complaints from Pakistan nationals who mentioned that they were unable to access Indian visa forms.

The officials rejected the allegations that Indian diplomatic staff was also facing obstacles and harassment in Pakistan.

However, New Delhi stressed that Pakistani official are not the only ones complaining.

He added that despite identifying the miscreants and bringing them to the notice of senior officials in India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), "no positive action has been taken from the Indian side so far".

However, New Delhi did not fail to bring to attention that Pakistan was allegedly responsible for carrying out an equivalent campaign of harassment against its own diplomats posted in Islamabad, accusing Pakistani intelligence agents for having entered the embassy's residential compound.

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