July 16, 2020 | 12:55 AM IST
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Two Indian diplomats go missing in Pakistan; India questions Islamabad

Two Indian diplomatic staff working in Pakistan’s Islamabad were reported to be missing since Monday morning. One of the two missing official is a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) security personnel and the Indian authorities have taken up the matter with Pakistan. 

Islamabad has said that they are investigating the case.

Officials in know of the situation said that the two diplomats had stepped out for some work, but did not reach their destination. After this, the High Commission officials informed New Delhi and Pakistan’s foreign office.

The incident comes about 10 days after two Pakistani diplomats in New Delhi were caught with fake Indian ID papers. The two diplomats identified as Abid Hussain and Mohammed Tahir, were expelled from India and sent back to Pakistan. They were working in the consular section of the high commission in New Delhi and were nabbed in Karol Bagh. 

 Recently, the Indian high Commission registered a strong protest note citing 13 instances of harassment in the month of March in which Indian diplomatic staff in Pakistan were followed or subject to hoax calls.

Also, in the recent past, top Indian diplomats have been aggressively tailed with the latest being in early June when Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) stationed vehicles were spotted outside the residence of Indian Charge d’affaires Gaurav Ahluwalia in Pakistan. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs has protested against this excessive surveillance.

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