How Did Pak High Commission Staffer Manage To Get Fake Aadhar Card And Not Get Caught?

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5:47 pm 27 Oct, 2016

A staffer of the Pakistan High Commission has been detained by Delhi police for alleged possession of sensitive defence documents including defence maps and information on BSF deployment. He was immediately declared persona non-grata, and has been asked to leave India within 48 hours.

The staffer Mehmood Akhtar, 35, who worked in the visa section of the high commission and has diplomatic immunity, was procuring details from two other accomplices who have also been arrested.

According to Delhi Police, Akhtar initially showed an Aadhar card in the name of Mehboob Rajput, and claimed that he was a resident of Chandni Chowk. However, after sustained interrogation, he revealed his real name Mehmood Akhtar.

This raises serious questions about how did he manage to get an Aadhar card.





The idea behind introducing the Aadhaar cards, issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), was to prepare a national database of citizens to improve national security. However, such a serious lapse shows that there’s more to this than meets the eye.

As per joint commissioner of police (crime branch) R S Yadav, the accused were involved in espionage activities for over a year-and-a-half. “We were watching their activities for past six months. On a specific input, they were held on October 26. Akhtar is a kingpin of the spy ring,” he said.

“He is serving with Pakistan ISI and has got diplomatic immunity since he is posted in the Pakistan high commission (PHC) of Delhi. This was verified through MEA and after confirmation and as per the due procedures, he was handed over to the PHC diplomats in presence of MEA representative,” Yadav said.

The police said since he was working in the visa department, it gave easy access to him to identify people who could work for him as spies. He is believed to have lured financially weak people in promise of big money.

The other two arrested are residents of Rajasthan and identified as Maulana Ramzan and Subhash Jangir. A Delhi court later sent both into 12 days of police remand. Maulana worked at a Madrasa in Rajasthan. He allegedly enlisted Subhash Jangir, a grocery shop owner, after learning that he badly needed money.


Moreover, questions have also been raised on why Akhtar was given diplomatic immunity when he not a diplomat, and a low-ranking staff employed at the Pakistani High Commission.


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