The Foreign Office had lodged a protest against the “harassment and maltreatment” of guests that were invited for iftar by the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi last week.
A letter by the Foreign Office dated May 31, alleged that Indian police and secret agency officials had “barricaded the High Commission from all sides. Guests were systematically channelled through the check posts, erected specially for the purpose on the day”.
The Foreign Office further said: “Many Indian guests were warned of the dire consequences if they insisted on attending the function. This harassment and maltreatment of guests continued despite requests by the officials of the Pakistan High Commission.
“Kashmiri Muslims invited by the [Pakistan] High Commission were called to the police stations in their respective native areas and warned that they would be arrested and prosecuted if found in the vicinity of the High Commission in New Delhi on the day of iftar-dinner.”
The Foreign Office recalled that Indian officials had behaved in a similar manner earlier this year when Pakistan High Commission had arranged an event on Pakistan Day.