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Pakistan may expel two Indian diplomats from Islamabad for spying

Pakistan has decided to expel two alleged RAW agents from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, a media report said on Wednesday.

india Updated: Nov 02, 2016 19:03 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad
Imtiaz Ahmad
Hindustan Times
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The move came close on the heels of Islamabad expelling an India embassy staffer Surjeet Singh last week.(HT File Photo)

Pakistan may expel two Indian diplomats in Islamabad on charges of spying and involvement in subversive activities, the Pakistani media reported on Wednesday, the latest tit-for-tat measure amid heightened tensions between the two sides.

The two officials were named by several TV news channels, which also and flashed their photographs. Geo News identified them as commercial counsellor Rajesh Agnihotri and press secretary Balbir Singh.

There was no official word on the matter from the Pakistan government.

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Geo News quoted its sources as saying that the two diplomats had been spying for the RAW intelligence agency and the Intelligence Bureau. Other channels quoted their sources as saying that both men were involved in “terrorist” and “subversive” activities.

The media reports further claimed Indian diplomat Surjeet Singh, who was expelled by Pakistan last week, was part of the same ring.

Pakistan had declared Singh persona non grata on October 27 and given 48 hours to leave the country. The move came hours after India arrested and expelled Mehmood Akhtar, an official of the Pakistan High Commission, on charges of obtaining secret documents and information about troop deployments.

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There were also reports that Pakistan might call back four officials from its high commission in New Delhi after they were named in a recorded statement by Akhtar.

In New Delhi, external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup told Reuters the ministry was “aware” of the media reports. “We have yet to receive any official communication in the matter,” he said.

India-Pakistan ties nose-dived after unrest erupted in Jammu and Kashmir following the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani. Tensions flared after a terror attack on an Indian Army camp at Uri killed 19 soldiers in September. India blamed the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed for the strike and retaliated by carrying out surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control.

First Published: Nov 02, 2016 15:54 IST