Pakistan High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit has been summoned by the Indian government for unjustifiably cancelling an event of India’s high Commissioner to Pakistan, Gautam Bambawale.
The Karachi Chamber of commerce was supposed to host Bambawale but called it off at the last moment, apparently chastising him for his remarks on Pakistan’s interference in Kashmir.
“Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit was summoned today to Ministry of External Affairs and was conveyed the concern of the government of India by Secretary (West) on discourtesy to Indian High Commissioner. He was also conveyed our hope that our accredited diplomats in Pakistan will be allowed to discharge their normal functions without hindrance,” said Vikas Swarup, spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs to The Hindu.
Earlier on Tuesday, Bambawale had some strong words to say against Pakistan for its interference in Pakistan. “People living in glass houses should not throw stones at others…. There are problems in both India and Pakistan and you (Pakistan) should focus on resolving your issues before looking into the problems of other countries,” the High Commissioner had said.
PTI reported Bambawale as saying that he came to know about the cancellation only half an hour before the event. The organisers did not even provide a valid reason for calling off the event.
All this, while, Abdul Basit had earlier said that Pakistan’s Independence Day celebration is dedicated to ‘Kashmir getting freedom’.