Akhtar has claimed that these members of the diplomatic mission were in touch with spies for extracting sensitive information and documents pertaining to army and BSF deployment.
Pak High Commission official Mehmood Akhtar who was detained by Delhi Police crime branch over espionage charges. pic.twitter.com/zl6bbECOk4 — ANI (@ANI_news) October 27, 2016
Pak High Commission official Mehmood Akhtar who was detained by Delhi Police crime branch over espionage charges. pic.twitter.com/zl6bbECOk4
— ANI (@ANI_news) October 27, 2016
If such is the case then one thing is crystal clear that Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi has become an “ISI den.”
BJP’s national secretary Shrikant Sharma newsgram
He said Centre had taken note of it and appropriate action would be taken.
Meanwhile, India and Pakistan are bracing for another showdown, as four High Commission officials — commercial counsellor Syed Farrukh Habib and first secretaries Khadim Hussain, Mudassir Cheema and Shahid Iqbal — named by Mehmood Akhtar, may have to leave India.
However, Akhtar told Pakistani daily Dawn that he had given the statement under duress.
Pakistan’s High Commissioner Abdul Basit businessline
Pakistan and India have in the past expelled each other’s diplomats and officials due to their tense relationship, but it is one of those rare occasions where one of the countries took the extreme step of revealing the identities of officers.
The Pakistan High Commission, in the meantime, is learnt to have asked South Block to ensure security and safety of its diplomats and their families. “Such naming of diplomats in public, without proper investigation, jeopardises their safety and that of their families,” a Pakistan diplomat said.