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India instructed its envoy in Islamabad to pull out kids from Pakistani schools, with immediate effect

India instructed its envoy in Islamabad to pull out kids from Pakistani schools with immediate effect pardesi news 1469601955

Indian government has issued an advisory, asking the Indian diplomatic staff to withdraw their children, in view of the deteriorating security situation in Pakistan

Indian government has issued an advisory, asking the Indian diplomatic staff to withdraw their children, in view of the deteriorating security situation in Pakistan.  The advisory has been issued amidst the continuing unrest in Kashmir, threats of marches and protests at the high commission of India in Islamabad, and Pakistan observing a "black day" and Kashmir's Accession to Pakistan Day

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has instructed its diplomats, based in Pakistan to pull out their wards from schools and to make other arrangements for their wards' education outside Islamabad, till the issuance of a further advisory on the subject.

The MEA has declared the High Commission of India in Islamabad as a “no-school-going-mission” in view of the deteriorating security situation in Pakistan. The Indian High Commission has also informed the Foreign Office of Pakistan and school authorities of the decision.  The MEA spokesperson, Mr. Swarup, said that “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 decision may have been announced publicly now, but there are speculations that the New Delhi had perhaps taken the decision in June 2015 as part of the “normal assessment of working conditions” in each diplomatic mission or post of India overseas.  The Indian high commission in the Pakistani capital was one of the few foreign missions where diplomats still brought along their families.

The majority of the foreign embassies in Islamabad and other Pakistani cities are treated by their respective governments as non-family postings for security reasons.

The announcement is previewed as a significant level of growing strain in Indo-Pak ties. 

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