India Summons Pak Envoy Abdul Basit


New Delhi: India on Wednesday summoned Pakistani envoy Abdul Basit+ to lodge a protest over cancellation of an event of Indian high commissioner to Pakistan Gautam Bambawale in Karachi, reports said.

In a snub, Karachi Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday cancelled an event of Gautam Bambawale at the last minute apparently over his remarks on Pakistan’s interference in Kashmir .

Bambawale was told about the cancellation “just half an hour before the event, invite for which was received and accepted by him a couple of weeks ago”, PTI reported quoting sources.

The organisers did not give a reason immediately for the cancellation. However, the Indian officials felt that Bambawale’s comments on Pakistan’s interference in Kashmir which was India’s internal matter ” rattled the Pakistani authorities here, prompting a cancellation”.

“This is very disrespectful on the part of the organisers,” officials asserted. On Monday, during an interactive session organised by the Karachi Council on Foreign Relations, 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.

“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,” he had said.