Pakistan decides to skip WTO meet hosted by India

India last month invited Pakistan Commerce Minister Pervez Malik to participate in the informal WTO ministerial meeting scheduled to be held in New Delhi on March 19-20 and Islamabad had initially accepted the invitation.

In another incident today, four high commission officials travelling in an official vehicle were "aggressively followed" by two unknown persons on motorbikes in an "intimidating manner" when they were on their way to Aabpara market, the sources shared further.

Protesting continues "intimidation and harassment" of its diplomates, India lodged another compalint after officials of Indian Mission in Pakistan were aggressively follwed by unidentified men in Islamabad on Sunday.

Incidents of harassing Pakistani diplomatic officials and family of deputy high commissioner in India was not an ordinary thing, he said talking to a private news channel.

For the WTO summit, India has invited Trade Ministers of over 50 nations including the US, China and Pakistan to discuss key issues related with areas like agriculture and services.

Amidst recent diplomatic standoff between the neighbouring countries of India and Pakistan, media reports on Saturday said that "Pakistan was pulling out of the WTO ministerial meet in India due to the current situation".

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Indian officials said that the standoff was months old, when in May past year, Pakistani government "intermittently blocked Indian government websites in Pakistan" and "visa seekers faced trouble".

Islamabad also summoned an Indian diplomat in Pakistan in protest.

"We can not send our commerce minister toIndia in the current situation and India has been informed about it", a ministry source said. The officer added that Pakistan may withdraw the families of diplomatic staff from India, if relations didn't improve.

While India has been accusing Pakistan of harassing its officials, Pakistan issued a demarche to India saying it was becoming hard for its diplomats to function in Delhi.

While India has said it is looking into the incidents, it sought to downplay them and stated that the visit of High Commissioner Mahmood to Islamabad is "routine and normal", according to Raveesh Kumar, Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

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