India has advised its diplomatic staff in Pakistan to withdraw their wards from schools in Islamabad. Government gave this direction last year, Pakistan daily Times reported.
Reacting to this report the Ministry of External Affairs said “It is a normal practice for all countries to review staffing and related policies for their diplomatic missions, including in view of prevailing circumstances at those stations. With effect from this academic session, officials posted in the High Commission of India in Islamabad have been advised to make arrangements for education of their wards outside Pakistan, till further notice.”
The decision affects 50 to 60 children of diplomats and support staff, who will now study back home.
According to reports India took the decision after Taliban gunman killed 132 students and nine staff in school at Peshawar in 2014.
Ties between India and Pakistan have worsened following the killing of Hizbul Mujahedeen militant commander Burhan Wani in Kashmir.
New Delhi accuses Islamabad of instigating the violent protests that have rocked Kashmir Valley after Wani’s death.
47 people have been killed in the ongoing unrest in the troubled state.
Pakistan observed black day in protest against what they call the killing of civilians by the Indian security forces in Kashmir.