In Pakistan's capital, the harassment of Indian diplomats continues

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In Pakistan's capital, the harassment of Indian diplomats continues

Indian High Commission officials continue to be harassed by unidentified motorists in Islamabad, sources say.

Indian High Commission officials continue to be harassed by unidentified motorists in Islamabad, sources say.

Two separate incidents were reported Monday in the Pakistan capital, according to these sources.

In the first, two officials who went shopping at a mall were aggressively followed in close proximity by a duo in a car. In the second, two officials travelling in a High Commission-owned vehicle were similarly followed by bikers. They were on their way to a supermarket.

Meanwhile, the High Commission's website continues to be intermittently blocked, the sources said.

Such harassment and intimidation violate the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. The High Commission was said to have sent Pakistan's foreign ministry a note verbale Sunday after similar incidents occurred.

Pakistan has been reminded of its responsibility to ensure the safety of Indian expatriates employed by the High Commission, and has been asked to open an investigation, sources said.

Islamabad, on its part, has claimed that its High Commissioner and diplomatic staff faced harassment in India, and recalled its top diplomat, Sohaia Mehmood.

But India says this step was a routine move.