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Elite Pakistan club puts Indian high commissioner's membership application on hold amid rising hostilities on border

Islamabad Club Has The Patronage Of Pakistani Elite And Foreign Diplomats And It’s Customary For An Ambassador Or High Commissioner To Seek Membership After Landing In Pakistan’s Capital.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Gautam Lalotra | Updated on: 02 Mar 2018, 12:31:56 PM
Ajay Bisaria

New Delhi:

Amid the ongoing tension between India and Pakistan on the Line and Control and the international border, Pakistan has put Indian high commissioner Ajay Bisaria’s application seeking membership of the prestigious Islamabad Club on hold. 

Islamabad Club has the patronage of Pakistani elite and foreign diplomats and it’s customary for an ambassador or high commissioner to seek membership after landing in Pakistan’s capital.

Ajay Bisaria was appointed as Indian high commissioner Pakistan last year. He applied for the membership of Islamabad Club soon after taking over the charge.

The club has not approved his membership so far and is reportedly threatening to not renew the membership of other Indian diplomats. This is the first time that an Indian high commissioner’s membership request is put on hold for so long.

Islamabad Club, sprawled over 346 acres next to the diplomatic enclave, is the favourite hangout of all top diplomats and Pakistan policy wonks, reported a newspaper. It describes itself as an exclusive club whose membership comprises government officials, diplomats and the elite of Islamabad. Even top bureaucrats and diplomats can’t get the membership gratuitously.

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First Published : 02 Mar 2018, 12:31:29 PM

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