Diplomatic sources said that "nobody will attend the WTO meeting" in Delhi from Islamabad. An Indian officer and his family were followed by bike-borne men on Thursday, March 15, in Islamabad.
Faisal alleged that diplomats of the Pakistani High Commission had been "harassed and intimidated" and that "vehicles transporting their children to schools had been stopped, the gas supply to the embassy had been cut and the staff had been threatened in recent weeks in New Delhi".
According to sources, this was the 12th note verbale issued by India this year.
"We have asked the Pakistan government to investigate these incidents and ensure that they do not recur, and to share the results of the investigation with us", the source said.
While India has said it is looking into the incidents, it sought to downplay them and stated that the visit of High Commissioner Mahmood to Islamabad is "routine and normal", according to Raveesh Kumar, Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).More news: Iran, US to hold talks on 2015 nuke deal
On Saturday, the Indian High Commission in Islamabad had sent yet another complaint of harassment to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan.
As of Saturday evening, the Indian high commission in Islamabad had not issued visas to around 500 applicants for the annual pilgrimage that begins on March 19 this year.
The office also notified a similar incident of the following of four Indian High Commission officials while going to Aabpara market.
There were even puerile tactics of harassment like door bells being rung late at night at the homes of diplomats in both the sides.
"It was Pakistan's decision to pull out at the last minute, and the Indian side could not comment on it", NDTV quoting an Indian official said".
Indian officials preferred to manage the situation by being quiet and using persistent diplomacy instead of flagging all the matter in the media. "Indian ambassadors overseas are also called back for discussions frequently", said Ravish Kumar, spokesperson, MEA.