ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Tuesday called the Indian deputy high commissioner to Foreign Office and raised serious concerns over Monday’s incident in which Pakistan High Commission’s First Secretary Zargham Raza and his driver Haider Zaman were physically abused in New Delhi.

The Indian deputy high commissioner was told that such incidents would not augur well for bilateral relations, especially at a time when the leadership of the two countries was desirous of improving relations.

Earlier, India’s foreign secretary had called Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani to express his regrets over this unfortunate incident and assured him that the matter would be thoroughly investigated. He informed the foreign secretary that two persons involved in this incident had already been arrested and an FIR had been lodged.

The government of Pakistan calls upon the Indian government to ensure that such incidents would not recur and reminded the Indian government of its obligation under diplomatic conventions and norms of providing adequate safety and security of all Pakistan High Commission staff, premises and vehicles.

Agencies add: New Delhi has apologised to Islamabad over the mistreatment of Pakistan’s diplomat in India.

In a telephone call to the Pakistani Foreign Office on Tuesday, India’s foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai apologised to his Islamabad counterpart over the mistreatment of a Pakistani diplomat in New Delhi, diplomatic sources told a private TV channel.

Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani conveyed Pakistan’s concerns to the Indian secretary over the mistreatment of its diplomat in Delhi. The Indian foreign secretary assured Islamabad that security for Pakistani diplomats in New Delhi would be tightened to ensure any such incidents would not recur in the future.

Meanwhile, two people, including a woman, have been arrested for allegedly getting into a scuffle with a Pakistani diplomat and his wife after an accident, Indian officials said in New Delhi on Tuesday.

In the “minor road accident” on Monday evening, the driver of the car bearing a diplomatic number plate of the Pakistan High Commission had hit a motorcycle at Ber Sarai, near JNU campus, Indian ministry of external affairs said in a statement.

“Subsequently, the driver of the car and the motorcyclist had an altercation and reportedly a scuffle ensued wherein the Pakistan High Commission driver and the diplomat suffered minor injuries. Police responded promptly to calls for assistance and escorted the diplomats to safety from the crowd of onlookers who had gathered at the site of incident,” the statement said.