India Charges Pakistan for Blocking Government Websites

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According to Pakistan, while aggressive investigation has happened in past two days, the "nature, scale and intensity" of recent incidents of alleged harassment by Indian authorities has never been observed earlier.

They said that in the second incident today, four high commission officials travelling in an official vehicle were aggressively followed while going to Aabpara market by two unknown persons on motorcycles in an intimidating manner. An Indian officer and his family were followed by bike-borne men on Thursday, March 15, in Islamabad.

Mahmood arrived here last evening for consultations after Pakistan alleged repeated harassment of its diplomats in New Delhi. We've asked Pakistan govt to investigate these incidents and ensure such incidents don't recur, ANI quoted sources as saying.

However, New Delhi did not fail to bring to attention that Pakistan was allegedly responsible for carrying out an equivalent campaign of harassment against its own diplomats posted in Islamabad, accusing Pakistani intelligence agents for having entered the embassy's residential compound.

Pakistan had initially accepted the invitation, but sources in Pakistan foreign ministry said the situation has changed after "repeated harassment of families of diplomats" and it was chose to skip the invitation, reported Business Standard (BS).

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Officials rejected allegations that Indian diplomatic staff were also facing hurdles and harassment in Pakistan. "This was the 13th Note Verbale this year on the subject".

Indian officials privately said that life had become "very difficult" for diplomats at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.

Amid the tension between the two countries, The Indian Express reported that it has emerged that Pakistan has blocked Indian government websites - those with domain names.gov and.in - since last May.

India-Pakistan relations spiralled further southwards on Friday with reports that Pakistan's high commissioner to India, Sohail Mehmood, would not return to Delhi until "Indian secret agencies stop harassing Pakistani diplomatic staff and their families".

While India has been accusing Pakistan of harassing its officials, Pakistan issued a demarche to India saying it was becoming hard for its diplomats to function in Delhi.

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