Pakistan officials harassed and intimidated Indian guests at Iftar Party: Ajay Bisaria
Sources told news agency ANI that Pakistani agencies virtually laid siege on Hotel Serena and aggressively turned back hundreds of guests.
A new controversy has erupted between India and Pakistan after Indian envoy to Pakistan, Ajay Bisaria alleged that Pakistan officials harassed and intimidated guests and Indian diplomats at the Iftar party in Islamabad. The party was organised by Indian High Commission in Serena Hotel of Islamabad on Saturday.
Sources told news agency ANI that Pakistani agencies virtually laid siege to Hotel Serena and aggressively turned back hundreds of guests.
Sources on harassment of guests at Iftar hosted by Indian High Commission in Islamabad: Pakistani agencies virtually laid siege on Hotel Serena on Saturday, harassed,intimidated and turned back hundreds of guests (1/2) pic.twitter.com/cBOK473x0u— ANI (@ANI) June 2, 2019
It also said that the invitees were first called by Pakistani agencies with masked numbers and were threatened with consequences if they attend the party.
Sources on harassment of guests at Iftar hosted by Indian High Commission in Islamabad: Before that, they called invitees from masked numbers and threatened them with consequences if they attended the Iftar. (2/2) https://t.co/3dvYG4AdBY— ANI (@ANI) June 2, 2019
Bisaria told ANI that such intimidation of the guests by Pakistan was deeply disappointing. He also apologised to the guests for the harassment and the misbehavior.
Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria to ANI: We apologise to all our guests who were aggressively turned away from our Iftar yesterday. Such intimidatory tactics are deeply disappointing (file pic) 1/2 pic.twitter.com/3skZWBa0jq— ANI (@ANI) June 2, 2019
Both countries have been involved in allegations and counter-allegations over harassment of their envoys. Last year, Pakistan decided to call back its High Commissioner for consultations after claims of harassment of its diplomatic staff in New Delhi.
The relations between the nuclear-armed rivals have been in turmoil since the terror attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama killed more than 40 jawans.