A secret contact between the Indo - Pak NSAs ended the stand off

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A secret contact between the Indo - Pak NSAs ended the stand off

NEW DELHI - A secret contact between the National Security Advisers of Pakistan and India has helped defuse the diplomatic tensions between Pakistan and India.

March 26 telephonic conversation between Pakistani National Security Adviser Nasser Janjua and his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval helped end a standoff between both nations over diplomats’ harassment, *Times of India* <link> reported*.*

Sources told ToI that Janjua and Doval agreed on the issue being resolved under the 1992 Code of Conduct governing treatment of diplomatic and consular staff stationed in both countries. The Pakistani High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood and his Islamabad counterpart also worked with local authorities to ensure the CoC was employed to remedy pertinent issues.

Last week, Pakistan and India agreed to address the issue of diplomats’ harassment through talks. The development came as a result of back-channel diplomacy between the two states to prevent the situation from getting out of control.

Both New Delhi and Islamabad issued a simultaneous statement in this regard. “India and Pakistan have mutually agreed to resolve matters related to the treatment of diplomats and diplomatic premises in line with the 1992 Code of Conduct on treatment of diplomatic/consular personnel in India and Pakistan,”a statement issued by the Foreign Office read.

The 1992 accord provides a comprehensive code of conduct for treatment of diplomats and other staff posted in New Delhi and Islamabad. The code of conduct envisages both sides ensure safety and security of diplomats and shall not resort to intrusive and aggressive surveillance as well as harassment of diplomats and other staff.