Pakistan Govt orders 50% of Indian High Commission staff to leave Pakistan

Pakistan has condemned the Indian authorities’ decision to reduce 50 per cent of the staff at Pakistan’s embassy in New Delhi and demanded to halve the number of employees of the Indian High Commission in response.

The move came after Indian authorities, on Tuesday, said that close to half the staff members at Pakistan’s embassy in New Delhi will be asked to leave.

The Foreign Office spokesperson said that the Indian allegations were an attempt to divert attention from state terrorism in occupied Kashmir, so it would be better for India to focus on internal affairs instead of putting peace in South Asia at stake.

On the other hand, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that if the staff of Pakistan High Commission returns, then the staff of India will also return.

It may be recalled that on June 1, India had declared two members of the Pakistan High Commission as Persona non grata, which was strongly condemned by Pakistan.

Even after this incident, India continued to violate diplomatic etiquette and on June 15, Indian security forces laid siege to the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi and harassed its officials, while the siege continued on June 16.

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