Source: News Bharati English28 Oct 2016 15:14:02

Islamabad, October 28: In an action what can be considered as an unjust revenge against India, Pakistan on Friday declared Indian official ‘Persona non Grata’. The foreign secretary of Indian neighbour nation summoned the Indian High Commissioner on Friday. The former conveyed the decision of the Government of Pakistan which has declared an official of the Indian High Commission, as persona non grata.
Indian official Surjeet Singh was charged with violations of the Vienna convention and the established diplomatic norms. The Pakistan Foreign secretary expressed deep concern over the activities of the Indian official that were in violation of the above said norms. The Indian High Commission has been asked to make urgent necessary arrangements for Surjeet Singh and his family to leave Pakistan by 29 October i.e. Saturday.  

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The statement further said Pakistan High Commission has always been working within the parameters of international law and diplomatic norms. This act clearly reflects Indian actions to shrink diplomatic space for the working of Pakistan High Commission.

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The Foreign Office also summoned Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Gautam Bambawale and protested against Indian action of declaring a Pakistan High Commission staff member as persona non grata (PNG).

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The Foreign office earlier issued a statement condemning the Indian Ministry of External Affairs’ actions. The Foreign Office rejected Indian allegations and deplored the Indian action, terming it a violation of the Vienna Convention as well as norms of diplomatic conduct, especially in an already vitiated atmosphere. We condemn the detention and manhandling of our diplomatic official,’ the statement said. 

The Indian foreign secretary summoned Pakistani ambassador to India Abdul Basit on Thrusday to inform him that a Pakistan High Commission staffer has been declared persona non grata for espionage activities, Spokesperson of Indian Ministry of External Affairs Vikas Swarap said in a tweet.

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