India Urges Probe Over Pakistan ‘Harassing Guests’ at Islamabad Ramadan Party

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The ever-tense ties between Islamabad and New Delhi became soured when, on 14 February, at least 40 Indian security personnel were killed in a terrorist attack in Pulwama, India.

In a press release on Sunday, the Indian High Commission voiced its protest against what it described as Pakistan’s “gross intimidation of guests”, who were “turned away” from a June 1 Iftar party. Hosted by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, the Iftar party is one of the religious observances of Ramadan which includes the evening meal with which Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast.

“Guests felt unprecedented harassment and intimidation at the hands of the [Pakistani] security agencies,” the press release read, urging the Pakistani government to  investigate “these ugly events”.

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It was echoed by Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria, who extended apologies to all the guests who were “aggressively turned away from our Iftar yesterday”.

“Such intimidation tactics are deeply disappointing. They not only violate basic norms of diplomatic conduct and civilised behaviour, they are counter-productive for our bilateral relations”, Bisaria underscored.

Pakistani government sources, in turn, said that the 1 June incident “was completely an act of diplomatic reciprocity”.

“We ignored what the Indian…

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