Pakistan may approve club membership for Indian diplomats
NEW DELHI: For over 9 months, ncluding that of Indian high commissioner Ajay gath ..Bisaria, gathered dust at the prestigious Islamabad Club with Pakistan’s interior ministry choosing not to give its a pproval. But now, with a new government in place in Islamaba India and Pakistan seem close to resolving the vexed issue which had fanned further the flames of hostility witnessed earlier this year over harassment of diplomats in both the national capitals.
TOI has learnt that Pa Pakistan is likely to finally issue no objection certificate .for membership applications of Indian diplomats. Sources he re said the approval was "in process".
If the appro does come, it will be seen as another sign of efforts by bot th sides to build some confidence in relations in the absenc of any formal dialogue process. After Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan reached out, his counterpart Narendra Modi respon .responded by underscoring India's commitment to "meaningful and constructive" engagement with the country.
Islamabad Club remains the favourite meeting point for all fore foreign diplomats based in Pakistan's capital. The governme had to repeatedly take up the issue with Islamabad
India and Pakistan are hoping to soon resolve other issues r related to the treatment of diplomats. They have successfull worked to minimise incidents of harassment since the electi elections in Pakistan. Earlier this year, both the nations h had revived a 1992 code of conduct meant to ensure that no diplomatic staff faced any form of harassment or intimidation.