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Diplomacy Served Cold In Enemy Clubs

Diplomacy Served Cold In Enemy Clubs

India and Pakistan harass each other’s diplomats, ties plumb new depths, and a fiery horizon is in sight

Diplomacy Served Cold In Enemy Clubs Diplomacy Served Cold In Enemy Clubs

In a custom derived through centuries of the practice of diplomacy, a diplomat enjoys immunity under the Vienna Convention from criminal and judicial procedures while serving in a foreign land. As a corollary to it, they are also at a safe distance from physical attacks, harassment and mental torture. The limits of these adv­antages are, however, seriously tested when Indian and Pakistani diplomats serve in each other’s countries.

In 70 years of engagement, relations between India and Pakistan have mostly been spiked with belligerence. But a sure sign of bilateral ties taking a turn for the worse is when diplomats and embassy off­icials become targets of hostility.

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