India calls for 50% Staff Reduction after Pakistan violates Vienna Convention

On 23rd June 2020, within the next 7 days, the External Affairs Ministry of India has decided to reduce the staff strength of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad by 50% and has also directed the Pakistan Government to implement the same by reducing 50% of its staff from its Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.

This significant downgrading of diplomatic ties is due to:

  1.  The abduction and barbaric treatment with two Indian high Commission staff at Islamabad at gunpoint by Pakistan Government officials on 17th June 2020. The two Indian High Commission staff returned to India on 22nd June, the level of severe ill-treatment experienced by them at the hands of Pakistan Government Agencies highlights the continued effort of the Pakistan Government over the decades to intimidate the Indian High Commission in Islamabad from carrying on their legitimate diplomatic functions.
  2. Two Pakistan High Commission staff was caught red-handed in acts of espionage by the Indian Officials in New Delhi on 31st May 2020. These two Pakistan High Commission staff was also dealing with terrorist outfits. These two Pakistani Citizens were immediately expelled from their duties and were made to return to Pakistan on the same day. Over the years India has continuously expressed its concern on the activities of the Pakistan High Commission staff in New Delhi.

With this incongruous behavior by the Pakistani Agencies with the two Indian High Commission staffs, Pakistan has violated the Vienna Convention Treaty and also the bilateral agreements between the two countries.

RIC: Russia Backs India for Permanent UN Security Council Seat, FM reminds China to Respect International Laws

The Foreign Ministerial level meeting of the Russia-India-China (RIC) was conducted on 23rd June 2020. The trilateral virtual meeting was hosted by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The RIC meeting was to commemorate the 75th foundation anniversary of the United Nations following the conclusion of the Second World War.

Over the years Russia has backed the entry of India for a permanent membership at the United Nations Security Council, during the RIC meet as well the Russian Foreign Minister had expressed Russia’s strong support for the inclusion of India as a Permanent Member at the United Nations Security Council. Last week on June 17th, India become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council by registering 184 out of the total 192 valid votes in its favour.

India’s Foreign Minister S Jaishankar indirectly pressed for inclusion of India at the UN Security Council by reminding the contributions that the Indians have made at the time of the Second World War.

S Jaishankar also emphasized the historical injustice that the victors of the Second World War have made by not recognizing the contributions and the sacrifices that were made by the Indians.

The Foreign Minister reminded China about the contribution of the Indian Physicians in 1938 when Japan Invaded China. The Indian Medical Mission led by Dwarkanath Kotnis performed operations for up to 72 hours without any sleep. More than 800 wounded Chinese Soldiers were treated by the Mission.

In an oblique manner, the Indian Foreign Minister reminded China about the significance of building a durable world order by respecting international laws for promoting the common good and supporting multilateralism.