‘Improper touch’ sparks India-Pak diplomatic row
New Delhi: An incident of alleged misbehaviour by a Pakistan high commission staffer with a woman at the popular Sarojini Nagar market on Monday set off yet another diplomatic row with India and Pakistan alleging harassment by local authorities in Islamabad and New Delhi.
While Pakistan accused India of violating the Vienna convention on diplomatic relations by detaining a Pakistan high commission official in New Delhi, government sources recalled the harassment being faced by the Indian diplomats in Islamabad, including attempts to hack their email and social media accounts.
The Pakistan official was detained by police for his involvement in an altercation with a woman who alleged that he had inappropriately touched her. The official was later let off after he apologised in writing to the woman. The woman didn’t press charges against him after this.
The Pakistani official, identified as Shaukat, is posted as an assistant of the naval advisor. Police sources said the incident happened on Saturday evening when a DU student alleged that he had touched her inappropriately in a crowded shop.
Police denied that the official was detained for hours. “We had to wait for the woman to decide on whether she wanted to register a formal complaint during which the official was asked to sit in the SHO’s office,” said a police officer. The official too was made comfortable and his version was heard by police.
“Pakistan strongly protested this violation of the Vienna convention on diplomatic relations and reserves the right to respond,” Dawn quoted an official from the Pakistan foreign office as saying.
Official sources here said the incident was not a case of harassment as the woman had herself called police and asked them to take action. According to Indian authorities, most of the cases of harassment were being reported from Islamabad.
After its official was detained following allegations by a DU student, Pakistan accused India of violating the Vienna convention on diplomatic relations