‘Im­proper touch’ sparks In­dia-Pak di­plo­matic row

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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 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

Pakistan ac­cused In­dia of vi­o­lat­ing the Vi­enna pact by de­tain­ing the Pakistan high com­mis­sion of­fi­cial, while In­dia re­called ha­rass­ment faced by its diplo­mats in Islamabad

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.

In a note ver­bale on Jan­uary 10, a source here said, In­dia pointed to at­tempts to hack so­cial me­dia ac­counts of a se­nior In­dian diplo­mat in Islamabad by peo­ple im­per­son­at­ing as his rel­a­tive.

A fake ac­count sim­i­lar to that of one of his rel­a­tives was used to hack the ac­count. An­other se­nior diplo­mat, the gov­ern­ment said, re­ceived an email from the Face­book ad­min­is­tra­tion say­ing sev­eral at­tempts were made to hack his ac­count.

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