'Naya' Pakistan, pulling old tricks sabotaged an Iftar party hosted by Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria in Islamabad on Saturday.
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."
Pakistan PM Imran Khan, President Arif Alvi, Foreign Secretary, National Assembly speaker were invited by Indian High Commission but they skipped the Iftar. Apart from them, the guest list included political personalities, community notables, heads of several Sufi shrines, academics, writers, artists, Civil Society activists, Pakistani students, and other prominent personalities.
It is also known that Pakistan agencies made calls to the members of Karachi Federation of Chambers of Commerce, Faisalabad Chambers of commerce, Lahore CoC to not to attend the Iftar dinner hosted by Bisaria.
Pakistan Agencies told businessmen over the phone to skip the function citing protest over India not issuing them a business visa.
However, this comes in the wake of Pakistan reiterating its stand on 'initiating peace talks' with India.
The relationship between the two neighbours has been strained ever since Pulwama terror attack and till date, Pakistan has maintained a closure on its airspace. Meanwhile, New Delhi invited leaders of BIMSTEC countries for PM Narendra Modi's inauguration ceremony on May 29, however, left Pakistan out of the invitee list.
Reacting to reports that India has not invited Pakistan Prime Minister Khan to Prime Minister Modi's inauguration, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said a meeting for the sake of dialogue to find a solution to the Kashmir issue, as well as Siachen and Sir Creek disputes, would have been a significant measure instead of attending the swearing-in ceremony.
"India's internal politics did not permit him to extend an invitation," he said.
In 2014, then Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif had attended Prime Minister Modi's swearing-in held on May 26 in New Delhi when the leaders of SAARC countries were invited.
Prime Minister Khan, breaking the ice in bilateral ties, spoke to his Indian counterpart Modi on Sunday and expressed his desire to work together for the betterment of their peoples.
"Relations between the countries were based on reciprocity and PM Khan had congratulated Mr Modi as a goodwill gesture," the Pakistani foreign minister said.