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After Mohali vow to work for ending hostilities, tit-for-tat arrests

Even after the prime ministers of India and Pakistan vowed to work for ending hostilities on Wednesday in Mohali, the establishments in the two countries continued with their tit-for-tat diplomacy. HT reports.

india Updated: Apr 02, 2011 02:00 IST
HT Correspondent

Even after the prime ministers of India and Pakistan vowed to work for ending hostilities on Wednesday in Mohali, the establishments in the two countries continued with their tit-for-tat diplomacy.

An official of the Indian high commission in Islamabad went missing on his way back home from work at 5.30pm on Thursday, just after a driver at the Pakistan high commission in Delhi was released from detention. Pakistan said the Indian official was arrested for unspecified reasons.

The driver was detained in Chandigarh after he was found in the defence area near the airport on the day of the India-Pakistan World Cup semi-final match in Mohali on March 30. He was released the next day.

“A driver from the high commission was arrested. (He) has been released. We have protested,” Pakistan foreign office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua said in Islamabad on Thursday.

The possibility of a diplomatic row ended, as the Indian official, too, was released in Islamabad, but only after foreign secretary Nirupama Rao requested her Pakistan counterpart Salman Bashir for the return of the official.

Indian foreign office sources said the Pakistani was bruised on his “knees and back” when he tried to dodge the security personnel who had stopped him. And later, a medical test certified that the driver was fine when he was released.

“The driver was seen near the Chandigarh cantonment area and when confronted, he tried to escape. In the process of catching him, he sustained some bruises/injury on his knee and back. He was questioned and thereafter released,” sources in New Delhi said.

The external affairs ministry said the Pakistani authorities did not inform the Indian high commission about the detention of the Indian official.

There was a Pakistan media report that the official had been detained.