Talking about Indo-Pak relations worsening, Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha MP, Shashi Tharoor, on Sunday has said that it is up to to the new government to review its Pakistan policy adding that Pakistan was not invited to PM Modi's swearing-in ceremony while speaking to ANI in Trivandrum.
"Unfortunately, the relations between India and Pakistan is really in bad shape. With the new government hitting its stride, they must do a thorough review of their Pakistan policy. As you know, the Pakistani government was not invited to the swearing-in unlike in 2014," he said.
Commenting that whether efforts are going to be made at mending the relations with Pakistan, he added that it was upto the government to not let negative feelings come in between.
"So the question that comes up now whether they are going to allow the negative feelings on both sides to go worse or whether some serious efforts are to be made at the highest level to change this relationship. Undoubtedly the government's priorities are going to be on the domestic front, but these are issues they cannot afford to neglect," he added.
This comment has come a day after guests were harassed by Pakistani intelligence agencies at an Iftar party hosted by Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria in Islamabad.
It was reported that as soon as the guests started arriving for the party, 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.
After these attacks at the Indian guests, the Indian High Commission issued a note about the incident explaining that such an incident are not only against basic norms of diplomatic conduct but is also against notions of civilized behaviour. It also said that stopping diplomats and officials of the High Commission of India in Pakistan from carrying out their duties by using intimidation and coercion could hurt the bilateral relationship between the two countries.
The Indian High Commission in Pakistan also called upon Pakistan Foreign Ministry to urgently probe the incident and share the results