Diplomatic standoff fallout: Pak pulls out of WTO meet

Robyn Valdez
March 19, 2018

India on Sunday hit out at Pakistan for denying its diplomats normal working conditions in Islamabad and sent another note verbale.

The Nation newspaper quoted an unnamed official as saying, "We can not send our commerce minister to India when they are harassing our diplomats".

India will be hosting the second WTO meeting to discuss on various issues and challenges relating to the multilateral trading system.

Pakistan's foreign ministry on Thursday said it it had called its top diplomat in India back home for consultations after allegations of harassment of Pakistani diplomatic staff in New Delhi.

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India is hosting an informal World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial meeting in New Delhi on 19 and 20 March in New Delhi but the neighbouring country Pakistan won't be taking part in the meet in protest against alleged harassment of its diplomats in India.

Kumar said there are several points of contention between the two countries that have been pending for quite some time now and that India wishes to raise them for resolution through diplomatic channels and not before the media.

The MEA Spokesman also has said that India was keen to ensure that Indian mission in Pakistan was able to discharge its duties normally "without any obstruction or harassment in keeping with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961".

"It was Pakistan's decision to pull out at the last minute, and the Indian side could not comment on it", NDTV quoting an Indian official said".

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Indian officials privately said that life had become "very difficult" for diplomats at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.

The Express Tribune reported that primarily it was thought he would return to India following consultations with authorities.

New Delhi too played down the issue and clarified that it was not an official recall.

Then there were complaints that power supply and gas was being shut to a residential complex in Islamabad for Indian diplomats, followed by door bells being rung late at night.

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When asked whether Pakistan was contemplating withdrawing the families of its diplomatic staff, the official said it might have to if the current slide in the relationship was not arrested.

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