J&K tension: India calls back kids of Indian diplomats in Pakistan

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As the tension lines have become more pronounced between India and Pakistan over Jammu and Kashmir, New Delhi has asked Indian diplomats and officials to withdraw their children from schools in Islamabad.

The officials have the option of returning back themselves or sending their children to India, said official sources, according to TOI.

What it means is that no Indian official based in Pakistan can keep his or her children with them. Those who seek a posting in Pakistan will have to keep that in mind too” said an official. Spouses, however, can remain in Pakistan for the time being.

“It is normal to review staffing and related policies of diplomatic missions. With effect from this academic session, officials in High Commission of India in Islamabad have been told to arrange their children’s education outside Pakistan,” said Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

Officials, however, said the decision was taken last year, so the diplomatic staff has ample time to make alternative arrangements.

After protests against India in Pakistan over J&K, the Indian government had appealed to Pakistan to strengthen security for Indian officials working there.

According to media reports, the main reasons why New Delhi was recalling kids of Indian diplomats in Pakistan were: Pakistan’s aroused passions with its Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif declaring last week that Kashmir would become Pakistan one day; another reason was the violence in J&K did not look like abating soon.