September 22, 2019 | 4:37 AM IST
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Indian High Commission asks Pak govt to probe harassment by security forces during Iftar Party

The Indian High Commission issued a statement on Sunday after guests faced unprecedented harassment and intimidation by Pakistan’s security agencies during the former’s Iftar party organised recently in Islamabad. The High Commission has asked the Pakistani government to urgently investigate the series of ugly events.

About 300 guests, including parliamentarians, government dignitaries, mediapersons, businessmen and retired diplomats from different sectors of Pakistan were invited to the party at Serena Hotel. The Indian High Commission said the guests were ‘intimidated and even physically stopped’ from attending the party.
High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria apologised to the guests for the inconvenience, informed a report.

The statement issued by the Commission said, “A concerted campaign was launched by Pakistan’s security agencies in the days preceding the iftar function to reach out to the invitees to actively dissuade them from attending the function.”
It further said, “Some officials were jostled, pushed, abused and aggressively threatened with bodily harm. Mobile phones of many guests were confiscated. The incident not only violated the basic norms of diplomatic conduct, but is against all notions of civilised behaviour.”
While some guests complained that the hotel had turned into a fortress and they were informed that the party was cancelled others were harassed at entry points and were directed from one entrance gate to another.

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