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Pakistan’s envoy to India will return to New Delhi after a week on Thursday

Islamabad had summoned Sohail Mahmood while the countries were trading allegations that their diplomatic staff were being harassed.

Pakistan’s envoy to India will return to New Delhi on Thursday, a week after he left for Islamabad. High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood was summoned to his country on March 15 while India and Pakistan were trading allegations that their diplomatic staff were being harassed.

During his visit, Mahmood discussed the matter with his government, and Pakistan has sent evidence to India to prove its allegations, Geo News quoted Foreign Office Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal as saying.

Mahmood will return a day before the 70th Pakistan National Day celebrations he will host at the Pakistani mission in New Delhi.

Over the past week, India and Pakistan have traded allegations of harassment of their diplomatic staff at their respective High Commissions in Islamabad and New Delhi. Pakistan had summoned Mahmood on March 15 to “consult” on the reports.

On March 13, the Pakistan High Commission had circulated a video that purportedly showed a slow-moving car blocking one of its diplomats’ vehicles in New Delhi. The High Commission claimed that Indian security services were behind the incident.

Indian authorities claimed that High Commissioner JP Singh’s doorbell was rung at 3 am in Islamabad. A few days later, the doorbell of Pakistani Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah in Delhi was also allegedly rung at 3 am.

Indian officials have claimed that the hostilities began after the Pakistan Inter-Services Intelligence raided a residential complex being built for Indian diplomats in Islamabad on February 16.

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