India has lodged a strong protest against Pakistan over its officials harassing and chasing away guests who were attending the Iftar party hosted by the Indian High Commission.
It has protested against the intimidation of its guests by the Pakistan officials.
In its protest, India has called the incident a campaign by Pakistan agencies to actively dissuade the guests to attend the function. India said that the three-hundred-plus guests faced unprecedented harassment by the security agencies and were turned away from attending the event.
India also said that the security agencies had virtually laid a siege at the venue of the event, the Serena Hotel in Islamabad.
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On Saturday, Imran Khan's 'Naya' Pakistan, pulled old tricks out of its bag and sabotaged the Iftar party hosted by Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria in Islamabad.
The Indian diplomat hosted an Iftar party and sent out invitations to a large number of people. However as soon as the guests starting arriving, several teams of Pakistani intelligence agencies stopped people outside and obstructed them from coming in. Some of the guests were harassed and threatened over the phone.
The Indian High Commissioner said that many guests were not even allowed to enter the venue in Pakistan's capital city. Later, Bisaria apologised to his guests who were stopped from entering. He said, "I want to apologize to all the friends who were subject to some extra scrutiny outside. Thank you so much. Many friends have been stopped outside. The new government comes with new hopes."
Speaking to news agency ANI, Bisaria apologised to the guests who were aggressively turned away from the Iftar party and said that such intimidatory tactics deeply disappointing.
Ajay Bisaria further added that such tactics violate that basic norms of diplomatic conduct and civilised behaviour and also counter-productive for our bilateral relations between the two countries.
"We apologise to all our guests who have aggressively turned away from our Iftar yesterday. Such intimidatory tactics are deeply disappointing. They not only violate basic norms of diplomatic conduct and civilized behaviour, they are counter-productive for our bilateral relations," he said.