The mobile phone of an Indian High Commission First Secretary was ordered seized today by a Pakistani court (Islamabad High Court) today in an instance of a major violation of his diplomatic rights, according to The Republic TV. The first secretary was in an Islamabad court in connection with the Uzma case.
Republic TV also reported that the phone was seized due to a miscommunication. India Today reports that the phone was seized after it was alleged that the first secretary was taking pictures inside the court premises. The first secretary claims that the allegations are baseless and that he did not click any pictures inside the Islamabad court.
The mobile phone was seized during a period of already heightened tensions between the two nations over a host of issues including Kulbhushan Jadhav, and firing along the line of control in Jammu and Kashmir.
India’s first secretary in Islamabad enjoys diplomatic immunity. As per the Vienna Convention, Pakistan, or any other signatory of the convention, cannot seize personal communication devices of a diplomat.
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According to an India Today report, Uzma claims that she was forced to marry a Pakistani man against her wishes. Uzma told a Pakistani Magistrate that she had come to Pakistan as a tourist and had not come to get married. Uzma, who is staying in the Indian mission in Islamabad, has said she will only leave the High Commission after she gets an assurance of a safe passage to India.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz has said that Uzma will be sent back as soon as the legal issues in the case are resolved, according to PTI.