NEW DELHI - India has strongly protested against the harassment of guests invited for the Iftar organised by Indian high commission at a hotel in Islamabad and has asked the Pakistani government to investigate the incident, DNA has reported.
A number of guests were invited at Iftar dinner at Islamabad Serena hotel had to face hardships as Pakistani security forces stopped them from attending the event.
Some were physically manhandled, while others were simply told that the Iftar was cancelled.
A release issued by the Indian mission in Islamabad said, “India has strongly protested to Pakistan gross intimation of guests invited for an Iftar event in Islamabad on Saturday...Guests faced unprecedented harassment and intimation at the hands of security agencies.”
A large Pakistani security detachment, equipped with forklifts aggressively turned away Pakistani nationals who wanted to attend the event. The agency officials virtually laid a siege of the hotel.
Pakistan agencies even called up invitees and asked them not to attend the event.
Many guests from the diplomatic community based in Islamabad were also subject to harassment.