ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has lodged a strong protest with India over its diplomats in the High Commission allegedly not being allowed to withdraw their salaries, local media reported.
Indian Express quoted a Pakistan High Commission staff saying that not allowing its officials to withdraw their salaries was in breach of Vienna Protocol. The official told the Indian daily that Pakistan might consider retaliatory action against salary disbursal for Indian diplomats .
RBL Bank, an Indian private bank, holds the salary account of the Pakistan High Commission staff.
“We are not allowed to withdraw our own salary. It is not a demonetisation issue. It appears that it is done more at the instructions of the Indian government,” a senior Pakistan High Commission said.
Indian officials maintain that the matter is between the bank and the depositor and government has no role to play. Diplomats can draw their tax free salaries in dollars and only have to give reason for the withdrawal beyond USD 5,000.
According to Pakistan High Commission officials, they are not being allowed to withdraw their salaries and have been asked for ‘letters of purpose’ for withdrawal of any dollar amount. Incidentally, demonetization has led to a sharp spike in demand for dollars and other foreign currency, making it scarce.