Pakistani Spies Arrested By Delhi Police Had Defence Maps, Info On BSF Deployment

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11:53 am 27 Oct, 2016

In a shocking development, Delhi Police have arrested a Pakistan high commission official for espionage.

Police had detained 35-year-old Mehmood Akhtar after he was found in possession of highly classified army-related documents.

Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit scroll

Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit scroll

The Intelligence Bureau had reportedly tailed him for a week.

However, the staffer has been released due to diplomatic immunity.


Police have sent the report on the high commission staffer to the external affairs ministry. Crime branch officials have also briefed the Union home minister and Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor.

The police also arrested two other men identified as Maulana Ramzan and Subhash Jangir, for passing on documents related to defence to the Pakistan High Commission. They were booked under the Official Secrets Act.

Pakistan High Commission in Delhi ibtimes

Pakistan High Commission in Delhi ibtimes

“The spies are residents of Rajasthan working for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The spies were in touch with the staff here at Pakistan High Commission and were providing sensitive information,” said a senior police officer, PTI reported.

Meanwhile, the ministry of external affairs summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit for clarifications.

In turn, Basit has registered his protest with Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and said “detention and manhandling of Pakistan HC staffer is in violation of 1961 Vienna Convention.”

Basit asked the Indian Government “to ensure that such harassment should not happen in future.” He also said that Pakistan High Commission never engages in activity that is incompatible with its diplomatic status.

Akhtar has been working with the Pakistan High Commission in India for the past three years.


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