Two Indian officials working with Indian High Commission in Pakistan go missing in Islamabad

New Delhi: Two Indian officials working with the Indian High Commission in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad have gone missing, sources claimed on Monday. The development comes days after two Pakistani officials accused of espionage were expelled by India.

The two Indian officials have been unreachable now for the past few hours.

Tensions had been building between the two countries ever since two Pakistan officials accused of espionage were expelled by India; following which, the Indian diplomats were expecting a reciprocal action from Islamabad.

The Indian high commission is finding it challenging to continue regular functioning, faced as Indian diplomats and consular officials are with continuous and aggressive shadowing and surveillance.

The latest incident comes weeks after the vehicle of India’s Charge d’affaires Gaurav Ahluwalia was allegedly chased by Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) member.

In March, the Indian High Commission sent a strong protest note to the foreign ministry in Islamabad protesting against the continuing harassment of its officers and staff by Pakistani agencies, according to which the behaviour of Pak agencies violated ‘Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961 and also the bilateral 1992 Code of Conduct which the 2 countries signed to provide diplomats immunity from hostilities in ties’.

According to the note, India cited 13 instances of harassment in March itself and asked Pakistan to stop such incidents and investigate India had asked Pakistani authorities to “investigate these incidents urgently and instruct the relevant agencies to ensure that similar incidents do not recur”.


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