Pakistan hits back on US diplomat harassment claim

AP News
Posted: Jun 22, 2012 11:56 AM
Pakistan hits back on US diplomat harassment claim

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan is responding to U.S. complaints that diplomats are being harassed by the government, saying that all diplomats in the country are treated in accordance with international law.

Pakistan is responding to a report by the State Department inspector general saying that harassment and obstruction of U.S. diplomats in the country have "reached new levels of intensity" since last year and are "significantly impairing" the work of the American embassy and consulates there.

Pakistan's foreign ministry released a terse, two-sentence statement Friday. It says all diplomats in Pakistan are extended "full courtesies and privileges" as required under the Vienna Conventions, which govern diplomatic protocol.

The statement reads, "The same courtesies and privileges are also extended to duly accredited U.S. diplomats (and) consular representatives in Pakistan."