Dastgir condemns harassment of Pakistani diplomats in India


— Govt taking steps to improve capabilities of armed forces, says Dastgir


ISLAMABAD: Minister for Defence Khurram Dastgir on Wednesday strongly condemned harassment and intimidation of Delhi-based Pakistani diplomats and their families, reported Radio Pakistan.

In a statement, he said security of the diplomats and their families is the responsibility of the Indian government and demanded that concrete steps should be taken to ensure safety and security of Pakistani officials and their families.

The minister regretted that such incidents are taking place despite raising of the issue repeatedly with the Indian ministry of external affairs.

On Tuesday, South Asia and SAARC Director General Dr Mohammad Faisal summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh and lodged a strong protest at the maltreatment being meted out to the officials and families of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, read a press release issued by the Foreign Office.

According to the Foreign Office, ‘The staff of Pakistan High Commission and their families continue to face “intense harassment, intimidation and outright violence from the Indian state agencies”. The Foreign Office said that “these [incidents] have escalated exponentially in the last few days”.


Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman on Wednesday paid a farewell call on Khurram Dastgir Khan.

The defence minister lauded meritorious services of the air chief during his long tenure. He also appreciated Sohail Aman for his role in strengthening the air defence of the country and increasing capabilities of the air force by putting it on modern lines.

Talking to the air chief, the minister said the government is taking all necessary steps to improve capabilities of the armed forces so that they can tackle all challenges and ensure foolproof defence of the boundaries.