NEW DELHI  - A Pakistani diplomat was injured by a mob in India’s capital city of New Delhi after his car was involved in an accident on Monday evening, according to media reports.

Zargan Raza, the first secretary of Pakistan’s High Commission in India was attacked by a group of men after his car hit a motorcycle near a university campus, a news channel reported.

The Pakistan High Commission has lodged a protest with India’s foreign ministry and wants India to ensure safety of its diplomats.

“Our first secretary and his driver both of whom sustained serious injuries have been provided medical treatment and an FIR (police complaint) has also been lodged,” Aizaz Ahmed, Pakistan’s foreign office spokesman was quoted by an Indian TV channel.

Other senior officials in the Indian foreign ministry and Pakistani authorities were not immediately available to react to the media reports.

According to a Hindi-language news channel, Raza did not suffer any serious injuries, though other reports clearly confirmed he was hurt.

Monitoring adds:

First Trade Secretary of Pakistan High Commission (HC) Zargham Raza was attacked by unidentified motorcyclists, another report said. Raza’s driver was also injured in the Monday evening attack, it confirmed.

The Pakistani HC spokesman said that some unidentified assailants riding motorcycles attacked the official when he was heading to his residence.

The spokesman further said that the HC has demanded the Indian government increase the security of its personnel and to provide protection under Vienna convention.

Indian side insisted there was “no attack as” but the incident was fallout of an accident involving the Pakistan High Commission official’s car and the bike of a couple.

In a bid to play down the incident, Indian officials said the matter is related to a road accident, after the car of Zargham Raza, first secretary trade in the Pakistan High Commission, hit the bike of a couple at Ber Sarai near JNU.

“The official was involved in an accident involving couple, leading to crowd gathering and tempers fraying and police came and took the official to the police station for the safety. There was no beating up”, a report quoted an Indian official. “There was no assault on the officials but just verbal exchanges by passersby who gathered at the spot after the incident”.

Following the incident Raza called the defence attaché in the Pakistan High Commission and both of them later called police, who took them into safety, the report claimed.

“We have lodged a protest with MEA after the planned attack on our official. And his driver was attacked badly. We sought greater security for our personnel, premises and vehicles. We urge for protection under Vienna convention,” the spokesperson for the Pakistan High Commission said. He also added the official is being “treated by the embassy doctor”.

Relations between the two countries have been fractious in recent weeks, with both sides protesting at the deaths of prisoners held by the other’s government.

The latest incident comes after the murder of Indian prisoner in a Pakistani jail, which was followed by the murder of a Pakistani prisoner in an Indian jail last month.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947, two of them over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

Sanaullah Haq, the Pakistani prisoner who was attacked in an India prison in Jammu, died in the Chandigarh Hospital.

Both sides have also been at odds over LoC attacks in which soldiers have been killed. A flare-up along the LoC in early January saw a total of five soldiers killed, three from Pakistan and two from India.

The Indian media created quite a scene when one of Indian soldiers was found beheaded under mysterious circumstances on the border. Pakistan was obviously blamed, though the charge was denied and the circumstances surrounding the killing were questioned. Later, India killed a Pakistani soldiers in a tit-for-tat attack.

Cross-border trade and transport links were also suspended for several weeks although they have since resumed.