A special cell of the Delhi Police has arrested two officials of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi for being involved in espionage activities. They both identified Abid Hussain and Tahir Khan. He was working as a VG Assistant at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.
After their involvement in espionage activities, India declared them as persona-non gratia, barring them from entering or remaining in the country. Both are likely to be deported to Pakistan tomorrow.
“Indian law enforcement authorities today arrested two officials of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi for their alleged involvement in espionage activities. “An official statement said.
New Delhi has also imposed a curfew on Pakistan’s Charge d’Affaires and has strongly protested the actions of Pakistan High Commission officials against India’s national security.
“Violation of the Vienna Convention,” Pakistan says
Pakistan, meanwhile, has denied spying allegations against its officials and has personally called India’s move to declare them non-grata “negative pre-planned and orchestrated media propaganda.” In a statement, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said the Indian move against its High Commission officials violated the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
The statement said, “Pakistan strongly rejects baseless Indian allegations and condemns Indian actions violating the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and especially the rules of diplomatic conduct in the already contentious environment.”
This is the first such incident since 2016
This is not the first time that India has declared a Pakistan High Commission official a non-person. In 2016, a similar incident took place when an official of the Pakistan High Commission declared Mehmood Akhtar a personal non-Granka. Akhtar was apprehended by Indian law enforcement while receiving sensitive documents.
During interrogation, Akhtar, who has been with the Pakistan High Commission since 2013, told authorities that he was a former Pakistani army officer and had joined the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) deputation, the country’s intelligence agency. In response, Pakistan also deported Surjit Singh, an official of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, declaring him a personal non-grata.