Two Indian High Commission officials missing in Islamabad, govt seeks report from Pakistan
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Two Indian officials working with Indian High Commission in Pakistan's Islamabad have gone missing since the past two hours on Monday, reported news agency ANI.
Following the incident, the Indian government has sought a report from the Pakistani authorities and have asked them to "investigate these incidents urgently and instruct the relevant agencies to ensure that similar incidents do not recur".
According to the reports, the two officials staffers were CISF drivers and they didn't reach their destination after leaving for duty in the same vehicle around 8 am on Monday.
"A vehicle with two Central Industrial Security Force drivers had gone out for duty, did not reach the destination. Since then they are missing," news agency IANS quoted sources as saying.
Indian officials working in Pakistan have complained several times that they are being harassed by the local authorities. Last week after India's Charge d'affaires Gaurav Ahluwalia's vehicle was chased by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) member. A bike-borne man was seen following Ahluwalia's car.
In March, the Indian High Commission in Pakistan sent a strong protest note to the foreign ministry in Islamabad protesting against the continuing harassment of its officers and staff by Pakistani agencies.
According to the note, India cited 13 instances of harassment in the month of March itself and asked Pakistan to stop such incidents and investigate the matter.
The shocking incident comes days after India apprehended two Pakistan High Commission officials in Delhi after they were charged with espionage. The two expelled Pakistani officials worked with the visa section of the High Commission in Delhi.
"2 officials of High Commission of Pakistan in New Delhi were apprehended today by Indian law enforcement authorities for indulging in espionage activities. Government has declared them persona-non grate and asked them to leave the country within 24 hours," the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had said.
"Pakistan's Charge de Affaires was issued demarche in which strong protest was lodged regarding the matter and was asked to ensure that no member of its diplomatic mission should indulge in activities inimical to India or behave in manner incompatible with their diplomatic status," it noted.
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