Indian government has instructed its diplomatic staff and other officials in Islamabad to withdraw their children from the local schools in the Pakistani capital, citing the recent tensions between the two neighbours over the situation in Indian administered Jammu and Kashmir.
According to Indian media reports, the decision came as tension simmers between the two countries over recent developments in held Kashmir, which also maintained that Indian officials can either send their kids back to India or return themselves.
However, when contacted Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said that about one and half months back, the Indian High Commission had informally conveyed about the Indian government decision without giving further reason.
“Indian High Commission had mentioned in passing over a month and half back about their government’s decision stating that it was an internal, administrative and informal arrangement without citing any other reason”, Zakaria told Business Recorder on Monday.
There are about 50 children of Indian officials currently studying in two different private sector schools where children of diplomats from other countries also study.
“It is a normal practice for all countries to review staffing and related policies for their diplomatic missions, including in view of prevailing circumstances at those stations.
With effect from this academic session, officials posted in the High Commission of India in Islamabad have been advised to make arrangements for education of their wards outside Pakistan, till further notice,” the Indian media quoted Vikas Swarup, Indian external affairs ministry spokesperson as having said. -Business Recorder