A diplomatic row between India and Pakistan escalated dramatically on Wednesday after New Delhi summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit over the alleged discourtesy shown to India's envoy in Karachi.
Secretary (West) in the External Affairs Ministry, Sujata Mehta summoned Basit and lodged India's strong protest over the incident, said External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.
Basit was conveyed India's hope that its accredited diplomats in Pakistan would be allowed to discharge their normal functions without hindrance, Swarup said.
The move came after Karachi Chamber of Commerce cancelled an event of Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Gautam Bambawale at the last minute on Tuesday apparently over his remarks on Pakistan's interference in Kashmir. Bambawale was scheduled to speak at the event, invite for which was received and accepted by him a couple of weeks ago.
According to reports, Bambawale was informed about the cancellation just half an hour before the event.
Bambawale had taken a swipe at Pakistan over its interference in Kashmir, saying people living in glass houses should not be throwing stones at others.