High Commission of Pakistan, New Delhi

The High Commission of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in New Delhi is the diplomatic mission of Pakistan in India. Between 1972 and 1989, the mission was known as the Embassy of Pakistan in New Delhi, as Pakistan was then temporarily a republic outside the Commonwealth of Nations, an intergovernmental organization primarily comprising former territories of the British Empire (see British India).

High Commission of Pakistan, New Delhi
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LocationNew Delhi, India
AddressNo. 2/50-G, Shantipath, Chanakyapuri
Coordinates28°35′39″N 77°11′25″E / 28.5941325°N 77.1902656°E / 28.5941325; 77.1902656Coordinates: 28°35′39″N 77°11′25″E / 28.5941325°N 77.1902656°E / 28.5941325; 77.1902656
Jurisdiction India
High CommissionerAftab Hasan Khan[1][2]
WebsiteOfficial website

LocationEdit

The Pakistani High Commission is located at No. 2/50-G, Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi.

HistoryEdit

The building was originally the residence of Liaquat Ali Khan, Pakistan's first Prime Minister, who named it 'Gul-i-Ra'ana' after his wife, Ra'ana Liaquat Ali Khan. Following independence, Liaquat gifted the palatial residence to the Pakistani State, whereupon it became Pakistan's High Commission in India.[3]

The building has distinctive Islamic architectural features, such as minarets and a blue dome.[4] As of 2016, there were 98 personnel working at the mission.[5]

August 2013 attack by Indian Youth Congress mobsEdit

On 7 August 2013, members of the youth wing of the Indian National Congress (known as the Indian Youth Congress) attacked the Pakistani High Commission[6] in response to news reports of the deaths of five Indian Army soldiers,[7] who were killed the day before in a cross-border firefight with the Pakistan Army during the 2013 India–Pakistan border skirmishes at the Line of Control in the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir.[8]

The protesters turned violent as they pushed back police barricades and engaged in scuffles with local law enforcement. The Delhi Police resorted to using water cannons to disperse the crowd.[9] Around 175 people were detained, but later released. Similar protests were also organized in other major urban centres throughout India, including in the cities of Mumbai and Hyderabad.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Saleh Zaafir, Muhammad (27 June 2020). "Aftab Hasan to be acting HC in India". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 17 April 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "Our Team – High Commission for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in New Delhi". pakhcnewdelhi.org.pk. Retrieved 17 April 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Kāẓmī, Muḥammad Raz̤ā (2021). Liaquat Ali Khan: His Life and Work. Karachi, Pakistan: Oxford University Press. p. 340. ISBN 9780199402212. Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  4. ^ Stephen Alter (2001). Amritsar to Lahore: A Journey Across the India-Pakistan Border. University of Pennsylvania Press. pp. 3–. ISBN 0-8122-1743-8.
  5. ^ Tanoli, Qadeer (5 December 2016). "Size of Delhi, Kabul missions fails to lift ties". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  6. ^ Front Desk (8 August 2013). "Pak HC in New Delhi attacked by Congress youth wing". Pakistan Observer. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  7. ^ Jitender Singh (8 August 2013). "Indians attack Pakistan Embassy in New Delhi". News Tribe. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  8. ^ Khan, Azam; Phadnis, Aditi (7 August 2013). "Flaring tempers: Pakistan protests mob attack on its mission in India". Express Tribune. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  9. ^ Staff (8 August 2013). "Congress Youth Wing attacks Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi". GEO NEws. Retrieved 9 August 2013.

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