In what is certain to further destabilise Indo-Pak relations, Pakistan has denied visa to Indian diplomat Jayant Khobragade, rejecting his appointment as India's chargé d'affaires in Islamabad, reported The Times of India.
Khobragade's name had been officially proposed in June this year. In the same month, India had also further scaled down diplomatic ties with Pakistan by asking for a 50 percent reduction in mission strength.
Pakistan's objection is apparently related to Khobragade's seniority as it thinks he's too senior to lead the Indian mission when its strength has been halved and at a time when there's barely any bilateral engagement between the 2 countries.
India believes though it's not for Pakistan to dictate appointment of Indian diplomats in Islamabad and is likely to respond with reciprocal action in due course. It is rare for either country to reject the appointment of a diplomat at this level.