Pakistan, India in talks over harassment incidents: Asif

Islamabad: Pakistan and India are in talks over the issue of alleged harassment of Pakistani diplomats stationed in New Delhi, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has said.

Pakistan has claimed that there had been as many as 26 instances of harassment and intimidation of its diplomats since March 7, following which Islamabad called back its high commissioner Sohail Mahmood for discussions on the issue. He returned to New Delhi on March 22.

“Higher authorities in both India and Pakistan are in talks to handle harassment incidents of Pakistan High Commission,” Asif told Associated Press of Pakistan yesterday.

He hoped that efforts in this regard would bear fruit and relationship between the two neighbouring countries would improve, the report said.

The foreign minister also said that Pakistan is keen on establishing cordial relations with its neighbouring countries on the basis of equality for maintaining regional harmony.

“Our top priority is establishing peace in the country as well as in the region in larger interest of the people,” he said. PTI

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