Pak High Commissioner returns to India after briefing on diplomats' harassment

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Pakistan High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood today said that he has discussed the issue of alleged harassment of diplomats with his government and that they want to sort it out "as soon as possible".

Welcoming the large gathering of diplomats, businessmen, journalists and other assorted guests, including many from Kashmir, Mahmood, who was flanked by India's minister of state for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare on the dais, said Pakistan had made huge strides towards realising its founder Md Ali Jinnah's dream of turning the country into "an economically-strong, modern, moderate, democratic, Islamic welfare state".

Among a few instances, sources said the vehicle of the Indian Deputy High Commissioner while going to an Embassy within the Diplomatic Enclave for a meeting was "aggressively" tailed by two people in a auto.

India has repeatedly requested Pakistan to mutually ensure that High Commissions are allowed to do their job in an atmosphere free of harassment and intimidation, that staff be allowed to work.

Pakistan has also been accusing India of harassing its diplomats and releasing videos of alleged intimidation of its officials.

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The government of India has also maintained that at no stage did it explore a move to recall its high commissioner Ajay Bisaria.

Pakistan High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood on Friday said that Islamabad hopes to resolve issues with India as soon as possible as it affects the relationship between our countries.

On a number of occasions, Pakistan has expressed concerns over Indian officials' statement about the CPEC.

Pakistan had also accused the Indian officials of intimidating the children of a senior diplomat while they were on their way to school.

As both countries issue one note verbale after another, India and Pakistan are clearly facing one of the worst crises to have hit bilateral ties in recent times. "Pakistan has been internally adrift since Nawaz Sharif was removed from power and that's probably is the reason for the present situation", said Raghavan.

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