As tensions between the Pakistan and India flare up over recent state atrocities in Kashmir, India has called upon its diplomats to withdraw kids from schools in Islamabad.
Indian officials have to send their wards back to the country or make a return themselves, The Times of India quoted official sources.
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The two countries have been engaged in a war of words since the killing of Kashmiri separatist leader Burhan Wani followed by deaths of dozen other protesters at the hands of Indian forces.
“What it means is that no Indian official based in Pakistan can have his or her children living with them. Those who seek a posting in Pakistan will have to keep that in mind too,” an official told TOI and added, “Spouses, however, can remain in Pakistan for now.”
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Currently, there are about 50 children of Indian officials studying in Islamabad’s American School.
“It is a normal practice for all countries to review staffing and related policies for their diplomatic missions, including in view of prevailing circumstances at those stations,” said spokesperson for Indian External Affairs ministry Vikas Swarup.
“With effect from this academic session, officials posted in the High Commission of India in Islamabad have been advised to make arrangements for education of their wards outside Pakistan, till further notice,” he added.
Indian officials said the decision to caution the diplomats had been taken in 2015 so that the staff may have sufficient time to make alternate arrangements.
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Earlier on Saturday, a day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s comment on Indian-held Kashmir that it would soon become a part of Pakistan, India reacted strongly by asserting that this dream would never come true.
This again drew strong reaction from Pakistan, with the Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz saying that only Kashmiris could decide their future and not External Affairs Minister of India.
Courtesy : Express Tribune