Pakistan rejects nomination of ‘overqualified’ diplomat as India’s new charge d’affaires

Pakistan has asked India to nominate an officer with seniority suited to current downsized diplomatic relations.

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Pakistan on Sunday stated that it had rejected appointment of Jayant Khobragade in Pakistan as India’s new charge d’affaires because he was overqualified for the position especially as bilateral relations had decreased, reported Dawn News.

Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri stated that leaking misleading information and twisting facts was not only in contradiction to diplomatic norms but was not also not conducive to carrying out diplomatic relations.

Pakistan downsizing bilateral relations with India

“The news in certain sections of Indian media, quoting sources in the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, regarding assignment visa for senior Indian diplomat Jayant Khobra­gade proposed as charge d’affaires at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, is misleading,” said FO spokesperson.

After India’s unilateral and unlawful actions in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), which started from August 5, 2019, Pakistan has taken several steps including the downsizing of diplomatic relations with India. The purpose of decreasing diplomatic relations was to exhibit Pakistan’s unwavering stance on the Kashmir issue, and protest against India’s unlawful and unacceptable actions in IIOJK.

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According to him, Pakistan held that by proposal of a senior diplomat, India was making attempts to neutralize the effect of downsizing of diplomatic relations which goes against Pakistan’s objectives.

Relations will not stabilise until Jammu and Kashmir resolution

According to Indian media the issue over grant of assignment visa to Khobragade is going to “further destabilise” India-Pakistan relations, Chaudhri stated it is evident that relations between India and Pakistan were undoubtedly linked to the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute according to past Security Council resolutions.

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“A just and lasting solution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is critical for durable peace and stability in South Asia. Accordingly, India is once again reminded of its international obligations with regard to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. India must listen to the voices of the Kashmiri people and the world community,” the foreign office spokesman said in his final comments.

GVS News Desk with additional input by other sources

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