Islamabad: Guests at iftar party by Indian diplomats harassed by Pakistani authorities

The Pakistani authorities reportedly harassed the guests at an iftar dinner party organised by the Indian diplomats at Islamabad. The guests at the party had to go through tight scrutiny and many of them were not even allowed to enter.

In a video which is going viral on social media, Indian ambassador to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria can be seen speaking on the harassment. “I would apologise to all our friends who were subject to some extra scrutiny outside. Many of them cannot even enter,” said Bisaria. The event was organised at Serena hotel in Islamabad, however, the Iftar witnessed low turnout due to harassment of the guests.

This is not the first time that Indian diplomats based in Islamabad have faced harassment. Last year in December, Pakistani authorities tried to delay gas connections and also got the Internet connections of many Indian officials blocked.

Apart from this, guests visiting diplomats are also subjected to various types of harassments and have to face hostile questions by Pakistan’s secret service agents.

Any diplomat heading outside has to face constant surveillance which has gradually increased after the ghastly attack on the CRPF convoy in Jammu & Kashmir’s Pulwama.
Similarly, last year in November, despite having been granted prior travel permission by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, Indian diplomats were harassed and denied access at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib and Gurudwara Sacha Sauda to meet the Indian pilgrims visiting Pakistan under the Bilateral Protocol.