Pak summons Indian deputy high commissioner, lodges protest

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has summoned Indian deputy high commissioner Gopal Baglay to lodge a protest over the road rage incident involving a Pakistani diplomat in New Delhi.

“He was summoned by director general South Asia to lodge a protest. She has asked him to conduct a thorough probe into the incident and to bring the guilty to justice. He was also asked to ensure security of our diplomats working in India,” an official source said.

Back in New Delhi, the Indian government today said police had responded promptly and extended due courtesies to the Pakistani diplomat, who along with his driver was allegedly roughed up after their vehicle hit a motorcycle in South Delhi.

Zirgham Raza, Pakistan’s first secretary (trade) suffered “minor bruises” in a brawl when his car and a motorcycle were involved in a “freak accident” in Ber Serai at around 7.25pm on Monday when he was returning to his Vasant Kunj home.

“Police responded promptly to calls for assistance and escorted the diplomats to safety from the crowd of onlookers who had gathered at the site of incident.

“The police extended the Pakistan high commission officials due courtesies and escorted them to the AIIMS trauma centre and offered medical assistance and examination,” official spokesperson in the MEA said.

The Pakistan high commission has lodged a strong protest with the ministry of external affairs over the issue, its spokesman Manzoor Ali Memon had said on Monday.