India Summons Pak High Commissioner over cancellation of Indian high commissioner’s event


New Delhi: The ministry of external affairs summoned Pakistan envoy Abdul Basit on Wednesday over the cancellation of an event scheduled to be attended by Indian high commissioner Gautam Bambawale in Karachi. In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said, "Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit was summoned today to MEA and conveyed the concern of GOI 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".

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In a snub, Karachi Chamber of Commerce yesterday cancelled an event where Mr Bambawale was supposed to speak apparently over his remarks yesterday on Pakistan's interference in Kashmir.

Mr Bambawale, who is on his first visit to Karachi after assuming office 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", say sources. The organisers did not give a reason immediately for the cancellation.

However, the Indian officials feel that Mr Bambawale's comments yesterday on Pakistan's interference in Kashmir which was India's internal matter "rattled the Pakistani authorities here, prompting a cancellation".

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