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QUESTION NO.2014 USE OF DRONE OVER INDIAN EMBASSY IN PAKISTAN

August 05, 2021

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.2014
TO BE ANSWERED ON 05.08.2021

USE OF DRONE OVER INDIAN EMBASSY IN PAKISTAN

2014. SMT. PRIYANKA CHATURVEDI:

Will the Minister of External Affairs be pleased to state:

(a) whether recently a survey was conducted by an intelligence agency in Indian Embassy situated in Islamabad, Pakistan by a Drone;

(b) if so, the action taken by the Indian Government against it;

(c) whether the information about the incident has been provided to international organizations; and

(d) whether India’s foreign policy is equipped to prevent and control such incidences and provide adequate protection to Indian Embassies?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[SHRI V. MURALEEDHARAN]

(a) to (d) A drone was spotted over the premises of the High Commission of India’s Residential Complex in Islamabad on 26 June 2021. The Government of India lodged a strong protest with Pakistan on this security breach. Pakistan has been asked to ensure the safety and security of our Diplomatic Mission and its officials.

Government takes all necessary steps to ensure the safety and security of Indian Missions and Posts abroad and its personnel. As per international law (the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961), it is the responsibility of the host country and its government to ensure the security of foreign diplomatic Missions and its properties. However, with the approval of the host government, the Government of India has been arranging additional security measures for its Missions and Posts which it considers under a higher level of threat and risk. This is a continuous process wherein threats are assessed periodically and responses devised accordingly.

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