Indian official goes missing in IslamabadApril 1st, 2011 - 8:36 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Apr 1 (ANI): India has asked Pakistan to trace the official of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, who has gone missing since Thursday evening while he was travelling back home.
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao telephoned her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir today and urged that Indian diplomat should be released ‘immediately and unharmed’, according to sources.
Although there is no confirmation that he has been detained by the security agencies, but Pakistani media reports suggests that the Indian official has been detained.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has also conveyed India’s concern over the missing official to the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi.
The Indian official went missing a day after the driver of Pakistan High Commission in India was questioned after being found in a prohibited area in Chandigarh.
When Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani were trying to bridge the trust deficit and were reengaging through cricket diplomacy in Mohali on Wednesday, a driver of Pakistan High Commission was questioned by Indian security agencies after he was discovered in a prohibited area at Chandigarh airport.
The driver was released on Thursday after questioning.
According to sources, the Pakistani driver tried to escape the scene and in the process got some bruises and injuries.
Sources also said that before the release of Pakistani official, a medical check up was conducted.
The NDTV, however, reports that the official has been released and handed over to the Indian High Commission. (ANI)
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