MEA summons Abdul Basit over discourtesy to Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan

NEW DELHI: Pakistan Envoy Abdul Basit has reportedly been summoned by MEA Secretary West Sujata Mehta. According to ANI’s sources, Basit has been summoned over discourtesy to Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Gautam Bambawale in Karachi. This comes at a time of high tension between the two countries. Basit has reportedly been summoned over cancellation of the Indian High Commissioner’s Karachi event.

MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, “Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit was summoned to MEA and was conveyed concern of Government of India on discourtesy to Indian High Commissioner. He was conveyed our hope that our accredited diplomats in Pakistan will be allowed to discharge their normal functions without hindrance.”

In a snub, Karachi Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday had cancelled an event of Gautam Bambawale at the last minute apparently over his remarks on Pakistan’s interference in Kashmir. Bambawale, who is on his first visit to Karachi after assuming charge in January this year, was told about the cancellation “just half an hour before the event, invite for which was received and accepted by him a couple of weeks ago”.

The organisers did not give a reason immediately for the cancellation. However, the Indian officials feel that Bambawale’s earlier comments on Pakistan’s interference in Kashmir which was India’s internal matter “rattled the Pakistani authorities here, prompting a cancellation”.

During an interactive session organised by the Karachi Council on Foreign Relations, Bambawale had taken a swipe at Pakistan over its interference in Kashmir, saying people living in glass houses should not be throwing stones at others.

“There are problems in both India and Pakistan and you (Pakistan) should focus on resolving your problems before looking into the problems of other countries,” he had said.