FO:(Pakistan calls back Indian HC over harassment of diplomats)

Islamabad: Pakistan has called back its High Commissioner from India for consultation on the issue of harassment of its diplomats in New Delhi.

This was stated by Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Faisal during his weekly news briefing here Thursday.

The Spokesperson said that deliberate maltreatment of diplomats and their families by India is not confined to single event and continues unabated despite our protest.

He said the total apathy and failure of the Indian Government to put a halt to these despicable incidents, sparing not even young children, indicates both a lack of capacity to protect foreign diplomats posted in India and a more reprehensible, complicit unwillingness to do so.

Regretting that no positive action has been taken so far by India on the issue, Dr Faisal said security of our diplomats is paramount and Pakistan will take every step, in this regard.

Urging India to stop playing the Pakistan card in its domestic politics he said India better not indulge in their political point scoring.

He said as Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir continue, Pakistan continues to raise the issue at international fora.

He pointed out the 37th Session of UN Human Rights Council held in Geneva, Switzerland where Pakistan urged India to stop bloodshed in Occupied Kashmir and resolve the dispute in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people as laid down in UN Security Council Resolutions.

To a question about Afghan Peace talks, the Spokesperson said lasting peace in Afghanistan can only be achieved through inclusive intra Afghan peace dialogue.

He said Pakistan has always maintained that peace process be actively pursued to end the conflict and sufferings of the Afghan people.

He said Pakistan welcomes the US announcement of head money for militant leaders and said that these were the militants involved in deadliest terror attacks in Pakistan.