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Pak harasses our diplomats: India

Pak intelligence conducts constant surveillance of officers working for Indian mission, says the Govt.

india Updated: Dec 07, 2006 14:42 IST

The government on Wednesday said surveillance of officers of Indian High Commission in Pakistan continued despite protests lodged by New Delhi for violation of provisions under the Vienna Convention and a bilateral accord between the two countries.

"Government of Pakistan has stated that it concurs with the position that there should be no intimidation of diplomats of either country," External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee told the Lok Sabha.

The minister, however, said that there have been other forms of maltreatment and intimidatory tactic. Recently, there was an attempt to break into the house of an official. Similarly, in August, an official was allegedly detained and interrogated.

In March 2005, an official was intercepted and assaulted, and in the same year in February the residence of an official was broken into, Mukherjee said.

"Such actions are in violation of obligations under the Vienna Convention of 1961 and the bilateral 'Code of Conduct for Treatment of Diplomatic-Consular Personnel in India and Pakistan' signed by the two countries in 1992," he added.

First Published: Dec 06, 2006 18:22 IST