India orders to reduce 50% staff in Pakistan High Commission

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India has asked to reduce the number of employees in Pakistan High Commission in Delhi by 50%. India will also reduce the number of employees in its High Commission in Islamabad accordingly.

Pakistan has rejected all the allegations of India as ‘baseless’ and condemned this demand of India.

Earlier, the Indian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Tuesday and informed about this.

According to news agency PTI, on Tuesday, India called the charge of the Pakistan High Commission and expressed its concern about the activities of the officials of the Pakistan High Commission.

India has alleged that officials of the Pakistan High Commission have been involved in activities like espionage and association with extremist organizations.

India claims that on 31 May 2020, two Pakistani officials were caught red-handed spying after which they were ordered to leave India.

The Foreign Ministry has lodged an objection saying that this behavior of the Pakistani authorities is against the Vienna treaty and the two-way agreement between the two countries regarding the behavior of diplomats and consular officials.

India has given seven days to the Pakistan High Commission for this.

India has alleged that Pakistan is continuously running a campaign to intimidate the officials of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.

At the same time, Pakistan has categorically dismissed the allegations made by the Indian Foreign Ministry as ‘baseless’.

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Tuesday late evening saying that Pakistan categorically rejects the allegations of the Indian Foreign Ministry and condemns India’s demand to reduce the staff strength in Pakistan High Commission by 50%.

Pakistan has completely rejected allegations of any violation of the Vienna Treaty and reiterated that it always adheres to international law and diplomatic norms.

Along with this, Pakistan in its statement has also rejected India’s charge of running a campaign of constantly intimidating the officials of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.

A few days ago, two officials of the Indian High Commission were detained by the Pakistan Police and then released after several hours.

Pakistan police said that fake notes were recovered from them, so they were taken into custody.

But India claims that the Pakistan Police abducted their officers at gunpoint and then treated them brutally for several hours in police custody.

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