Pakistan rejects allegations of treating US diplomats badly

Pakistan has dismissed the allegations of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that American diplomats are being treated badly in the country.

The Foreign Office of Pakistan has said that they have not received any specific complaints from Washington in this regard, reported the Dawn. 

“The Foreign Office has not received any specific complaints from the US side after establishment of the mechanism to resolve the issue, on treatment of the US diplomats in Pakistan,” FO spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal said at the weekly media briefing.

Secretary Pompeo had, while testifying before the House of Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday, said: “My officers, our State Department officers, are being treated badly as well, folks working in the embassies and consulates [and] in other places are not being treated well by the Pakistani government either.”

Responding to these allegations, Faisal said that all Pakistan-based foreign diplomats were being extended diplomatic privileges without any discrimination and were being facilitated as per international laws and norms as well as reciprocity.

Pak-US relations have been bad since the Trump administration last August announced the new South Asia and Afghanistan strategy. The tense ties turned further sour after a young motorcyclist was killed in a road accident involving a US diplomat in April and separately the US moved to impose movement restrictions on Pakistani diplomats in America — a move which was immediately reciprocated by Islamabad. Pakistan further withdrew several of the special facilities that were being enjoyed by US diplomats and missions under some secret understanding.

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