Pak-India diplomatic relations worsen
Part of: GS-Mains II – Indian and its neighbours; International Relations
- The Indo-Pak relations took another dip when both countries decided to slash their staff by 50 percent at their missions in Islamabad and New Delhi.
- The move comes after incidents of staffers from Pakistan High Commission being involved in espionage and terror funding came to fore.
Pak High Commission’s direct involvement in Terror Funding
- New Delhi said Pakistani officials in India had “engaged in acts of espionage and maintained dealings with terrorist organisations”.
- India also said Pakistani officials’ conduct was a violation of the Vienna Convention and “an intrinsic element of a larger policy of supporting cross-border violence and terrorism”.
Do you know?
- Pakistan had unilaterally downgraded diplomatic relations after India scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s special status last August and expelled the Indian high commissioner from Islamabad.
- The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 is an international treaty that defines a framework for diplomatic relations between independent countries.
- Ties between India and Pakistan have been severely strained over the past few years and have worsened with recent incidents of firing at the border and terror strikes in Kashmir.