NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday said it will reduce the staff strength in the Pakistan high commission in New Delhi by 50% and would also recall half of its officials from the Indian high commission in Islamabad amid the ongoing diplomatic tussle with the neighboring country.
Raising concern over the activities of Pakistani officials in India, the ministry of external affairs told Pakistan’s Charged affairs to India that their envoys have engaged in acts of espionage and maintained dealings with terror organizations.
India also cited the recent example of two Pakistani envoys who were expelled and sent back over charges of spying. “While their officials indulged in actions that are not in conformity with their privileged status in the High Commission, Pakistan has in parallel engaged in a sustained campaign to intimidate the officials of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad from carrying on their legitimate diplomatic functions,” the MEA said.
The MEA said that Pakistan’s behavior is not in conformity with the Vienna Convention and bilateral agreements on the treatment of diplomatic and consular officials.
“On the contrary, it is an intrinsic element of a larger policy of supporting cross-border violence and terrorism,” it added.
“Therefore, the Government of India has taken the decision to reduce the staff strength in the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi by 50% within the next 7 days. It would reciprocally reduce its own presence in Islamabad to the same proportion,” it said.
Input: Times Of India
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