After the sudden cancellation of an event scheduled to be attended by Indian high commissioner Gautam Bambawale, the MEA summoned Pakistan envoy Abdul Basit. NDTV
reported that Bambawalewas told about the cancellation just half an hour before the event and the organisers did not give a reason immediately for the cancellation. “Pak high commissioner Abdul Basit was summoned to the MEA and was conveyed the concern of the government of India on discourtesy to Indian high commissioner,” ministry of external affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said. He added that Basit was conveyed that Indian accredited diplomats in Pakistan will be allowed to discharge their normal functions without hindrance.
The event was cancelled by the Karachi Chamber of Commerce as they were miffed by Bambawale’s remarks on Pakistan’s interference in Kashmir.
On Septemeber 8, during an interactive session organised by the Karachi Council on Foreign Relations, Bambawale had taken a swipe at Pakistan and said, “There are problems in both India and Pakistan and you (Pakistan) should focus on resolving your problems before looking into the problems of other countries.” Bambawale is on his first visit to Karachi after assuming office in January this year.