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Pakistani officials stop, harass guests invited at Indian High Commission's Iftar party in Islamabad – India Today

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Pakistani officials allegedly stopped and harassed the guests who were invited at an Iftar party hosted by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan on Saturday.

As per sources to India Today TV, the guests at the Iftar party were stopped and asked to turn away at the entrance of the Serena Hotel by the Pakistan Intelligence officials who were deployed outside the Indian High Commission.

The sources said that the Pakistani officials virtually laid siege on the hotel on Saturday when the Iftar party was organised.

The Pakistani agencies’ officials harassed, intimidated and turned back hundreds of guests invited at the party by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.

“Before that, they called invitees from unknown numbers and threatened them with consequences if they attended the Iftar party hosted by the Indian High Commission,” Sources said.

The sources also said that the gates were shut down and many were told that the Iftar party has been cancelled.

Due to the harassment of the guests, the Iftar party at the Islamabad Indian High Commission saw fewer guests in attendance.

While speaking at the event, Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria confirmed the incident and also apologised to those who were subjected to extra scrutiny.

He said, “We apologise to all our guests who have aggressively turned away from our Iftar yesterday. Such intimidatory tactics are deeply disappointing. They not only violate basic norms of diplomatic conduct and civilized behaviour, they are counter-productive for our bilateral relations.”

The High Commission of India to Pakistan had organised an Iftar party in Islamabad on June 1 and had also extended an invite to Pakistani leadership including Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Other Pakistani dignitaries invited included Pakistani President Arif Alvi, foreign secretary Sohail Mahmood and the Senate Chairman and the Speaker of the National Assembly.

Commenting on the story, senior NC leader Omar Abdullah said: “Stupid tit for tat diplomacy. It was stupid when we did it outside the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi and it’s stupid when it’s done outside our’s in Islamabad. Now that it’s 1-1 perhaps it’s time to move on & stop this nonsense.”

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