India summons Pakistan envoy over ‘discourtesy’ to Gautam Bambawale

Photo of Pakistan's High Commissioner Abdul Basit.

New Delhi: The government of India today summoned Pakistan’s High Commissioner Abdul Basit to to lodge strong protest over the rude and inconsiderate behaviour shown to India’s envoy in Pakistan Gautam Bambawale.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, “Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit was summoned today to the Ministry of External Affairs and conveyed the concern of Government of India by Secretary (West) (Sujata Mehta) on discourtesy to Indian High Commissioner.”

The Pak High Commissioner was told that India hoped its diplomats in Pakistan would be allowed to discharge their normal functions without hindrance.

Swarup said, “He (Basit) was also conveyed our hope that our accredited diplomats in Pakistan will be allowed to discharge their normal functions without hindrance.”

Basit’s summoning took place after Pakistani authorities cancelled a meeting Bambawale was to address in Karachi.

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.