Is India planning some disgruntled act against Pakistan yet again?
ISLAMABAD - Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria statements hints that yet another diplomatic relations deterioration is on cards ahead of the crucial 2019 elections in India.
Bisaria in a meeting with Indian foreign minister heaped complaints against Pakistan. He complained that officials of the High Commission of India in Islamabad were staying at the newly built residential complex in "poor condition".
He said in spite of repeated requests for gas connections to the quarters in the complex, they did not get the facility. Other instances include randomly switching off electricity and hostile questioning of guests at receptions.
He also alleged that officials from Pakistani agencies broke into a senior diplomat's house. He said nothing was stolen from the house, but entry was made. Other "serious concerns" of the High Commission of India is the 'trouble they face because of slow or no Internet service', making it very difficult for the Pakistani applicants to apply for visas online.
The High Commission of India in Islamabad lodged a protest with Pakistan's Foreign Office on Thursday. When contacted, concerned officials denied the assertions by Indian High Commissioner, saying that the diplomats were being given all facilities under the Vienna Convention. Officials said there was acute shortage of gas in Pakistan in winter, especially in Islamabad, and the facility is being given to consumers turn by turn.
The impression that the Indian High Commission has created was not true. It may be mentioned that the High Commission had alleged that Indian diplomats were harassed in Peshawar on 21 December.