Pakistan has barred Indian diplomats from travelling out of Islamabad without permission. As per the fresh directive, Indian diplomats will not be able to go to even Rawalpindi, which is a 15-minute drive from the capital, or to the nearby holiday resort of Murree.
The move comes a week after Pakistan said its diplomats were not being allowed to move out of New Delhi and visit its satellite townships like Noida and Gurgaon.
The Pakistan Foreign Office had informed the Indian High Commission a few days ago that the diplomats and the staff of the Mission would have to obtain prior permission to visit ‘Pindi’, as Rawalpindi is known, a senior Indian official said here.
They have also been asked to take permission to visit Murree, a hill resort about 50 km from Islamabad, where the Indian Mission has a guesthouse frequented by its staff and their families, the official said. PTI