Taking its rhetorical aggression against Pakistan to a new high, the BJP on Tuesday described the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi an “ISI den” that was “breaking all laws”.
The ruling party said the Centre had taken note of it and appropriate action would be taken. The comment came in the backdrop of New Delhi declaring a High Commission staff persona non-grata on charges of espionage.
“The reality is that the High Commission here has become an ISI den. It is breaking all rules and laws... Its work is no longer about diplomatic relationship. It has become a centre of smuggling information from here to there (Pakistan),” party national secretary Shrikant Sharma said.
Meanwhile, Pakistani newspaper Dawn claimed on Tuesday that Pakistan was considering pulling out of India four officials posted at its High Commission in New Delhi.
“This is under consideration. A final decision will be taken shortly,” a source at the foreign office was quoted as saying by Dawn.
The names of the officers — commercial counsellor Syed Furrukh Habib and first secretaries Khadim Hussain, Mudassir Cheema and Shahid Iqbal — were made public after a recorded statement of high commission staffer Mehmood Akhtar was released to the media, the report said. Akhtar was expelled from India after being declared ‘persona non-grata’.
Akhtar told Dawn News he gave the statement under duress.