New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's appeal for friendly and diplomatic ties with Pakistan during the Indo-Pak cricket match at Mohali has met with a setback.
 
An Indian High Commission official was kidnapped by the Pakistan agencies for mishandling a Pakistan driver who did not follow the border guidelines and entered the prohibited area of Chandigarh Airforce base. The kidnapped Indian official was released on April 2, following the intervention of Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao.

According to sources, a Pakistani driver was seen entering the restricted zone of Chandigarh Air Force base on March 30. He tried to flee as soon as he was spotted by the defence forces but was later detained and handed over to the Pakistan authorities after interrogation.

According to reports, the driver got some scratches on his body during the interrogation session although he was declared fit after the medical checkup. In response to this incident, the Indian High Commission officer was kidnapped by the Pakistan agencies.
 
Media highlighted the news of the abduction of Indian official, but the efforts were in vain as no positive outcome was achieved. Later, Nirupama Rao intervened into the matter, and raised the issue with her Pakistan counterpart Salman Bashir.
 
India and Pakistan have a long and complicated history with each other. In 2003 also, Pakistan High Commission issued a decree against some Indian officials and had ordered High Commissioner Sudhir Vyas along with four other officers to leave Pakistan at four hours notice.

(JPN/Bureau)