Just hours after India expelled a Pakistan High Commission staffer for espionage, Pakistan too summoned the Indian envoy and asked him to make an Indian official, Surjeet Singh, leave Pakistan as he has been declared “persona non grata”.
According to a press release by Pakistan Foreign Ministry, the ministry was “deeply concerned” about Surjeet Singh’s actions as they were in violation to the Vienna Convention.
The Press Release said…
“The Foreign Secretary expressed deep concern over the activities of the Indian official that were in violation of the Vienna Convention and the established diplomatic norms. The Indian High Commissioner has been asked to make urgent necessary arrangements for Surjeet Singh and his family to leave Pakistan by 29 October 2016.”
The move came just hours after India asked a Pakistan High Commission official, Mahmood Akhtar, to leave India within 48 hours.
Akhtar, along with two men from Rajasthan, was caught on October 27, receiving sensitive intelligence documents in Delhi Zoo.
The Delhi Police had immediately arrested the two men from Rajasthan, but Akhtar was let off because of his diplomatic immunity.
The two men have been identified as Maulana Ramzan and Subhash Jangir, who were allegedly supplying India’s sensitive defence documents and information to Akhtar.
According to Delhi Police, the documents that were recovered had details of deployment of the Indian Army and Border Security Force.