India, Pakistan agree to resolve all issues about treatment of diplomats

Vinayak Bhat  ThePrint

The two countries have chose to resolve the matter in line with the 1992 "Code of Conduct for the treatment of diplomatic/consular personnel in India and Pakistan", the release added.

The spat between the two countries over harassment of their diplomats in each other's capitals escalated earlier this month.

The Pakistan Foreign Office also reciprocated by issuing a similar statement.

India and Pakistan have agreed to resolve all issues regarding treatment of their diplomats stationed in the other country through talks, the External Affairs Ministry (MEA) said on Friday.

The 1992 Code provides for 'smooth and unhindered functioning of the diplomatic officials of the two countries'.

The Code also says that the two countries should not resort to intrusive and aggressive surveillance and actions such as verbal and physical harassment, disconnection of phone lines, etc.

Pakistan's military on Wednesday said that alleged "Indian provocations" along Line of Control and Working Boundary will have negative implications for the region. During this period, India sent more than a dozen note verbales to Pakistan to uphold the principles enshrined in the Vienna Convention for protection of diplomats.

This bilateral mechanism is a special instrument to ensure safety and security of Indian and Pakistani diplomats who have the critical responsibility of operating in hostile circumstances.

It can be pointed out in the last fortnight, India has consistently registered protest with Pakistan government over the incidence of Harassment and intimidation of Indian diplomats working in Islamabad. Pakistan even had called by its High Commissioner back to Islamabad for consultation over the alleged harassment incidents. Mahmood, however, returned a week later on the eve of Pakistan's National Day on March 23. It was not immediately known where and how the agreement was reached to sort out the current tension over diplomats.



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