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Finally India, Pak agree to resolve diplomatic row

Finally India, Pak agree to resolve diplomatic row

A statement from Ministry of External Affairs stated that both countries had "mutually agreed" to resolve matters related to the treatment of diplomats in line with the 12-point code of conduct signed in 1992.

It had also called back its High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood to Islamabad for "urgent consultations" as the row over the treatment of officials escalated.

The two countries have mutually chose to resolve matters as per the 1992 code of conduct (COC) ensuring the diplomats and their families are not harassed, the External Affairs Ministry said.

To reach a solution for dealing the issue of harassment of diplomats in both the nations, India and Pakistan have agreed on to not to carry out aggressive surveillance of the diplomats. On several occassions, Indian diplomats had to deal with unauthorised entry into their premises and also random interception of their cars. The row was also resolved after both sides issued numerous note verbales to each other. It turned ugly when the children of Pakistani diplomats while on way to their schools were stopped and harassed. Indian officials had earlier spoken about difficulties and harassment that diplomats in Islamabad had to face. This requirement was misread in Delhi as coercive and agencies there started harassing Pakistani diplomats. His visit to Ajmer Sharif for attending the Urs of Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti became possible because of the flexibility shown by the host after behind-the-scenes talks.

"Both Pakistan and India need to take more steps to remove non-tariff barriers that are a major impediment to bilateral trade relations".

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In case of breach of code, the agreement required an intimation to be sent to the high commission before lodging a formal protest.

Bisaria was speaking to businessmen at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

High Commissioner Mahmood had met Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale in Delhi.

After a month-long standoff between India and Pakistan over the alleged mistreatment of diplomats in New Delhi and Islamabad, things seem to have cooled off between the neighbouring countries. FO spokesperson Mohammad Faisal made a brief statement saying the matter will be addressed under the Code, which provides for "smooth and unhindered functioning" of the diplomatic and consular officials of the two countries.

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