Published: Mon, March 26, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Pakistan's envoy Sohail Mahmood likely to return to India today

Pakistan's envoy Sohail Mahmood likely to return to India today

Earlier in the day, Pakistan High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood said that he has discussed the issue of alleged harassment of diplomats with his government in Islamabad and was keen to resolve the same "as soon as possible". Mr Mahmood, who had gone to Pakistan, fueling media speculation about his being recalled by Pakistan government, returned here on Thursday night, hours before Pakistan celebrates its National Day.

He said Pakistan' foreign policy was centered around endeavours for permanent peace in the world and based upon non-interference in to internal issues of other countries.

Pakistani officials even released a video of such "harassment", in which a white auto is seen blocking their diplomat's vehicle in Delhi and people on motorcycles abusing and filming the occupants.

"I do hope that at this pivotal moment, with India and Pakistan at 70, there would be hard reflection on the time lost, and the opportunities missed", Mahmood said, while addressing the event.

For the first time, senior Indian military officials and diplomats posted in Islamabad attended the military parade to mark the Pakistan Day.

"Building a future different from the past remains indispensable".

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Stating that the safety and security of Indian mission, its officers, staff members and their families is the responsibility of the Pakistan government, the source said: "We have requested them to immediately investigate all these incidents and direct the relevant authorities to ensure that such incidents do not recur".

India and Pakistan have accused each other of harassing diplomats in Islamabad and New Delhi.

As the armed forces demonstrated their enormous defense capabilities and high state of preparedness at the Pakistan Day Parade on Friday, President Mamnoon Hussain warned India that Pakistan's desire for peace should not be misconstrued as its weakness.

He also stated that the issue of Kashmir can only be resolved in accordance with United Nations resolutions and wishes of the people of Kashmir.

Mamnoon also said that the global scenario has changed, and now countries could not be coerced to tow the line of one particular country.

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