ISLAMABAD: Three more of the eight Indian High Commission staff members accused of being involved in subversive activities in Pakistan left the country on Thursday, sources said.
India on Tuesday withdrew three staff members of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. “Three of the eight officials have returned to India today,” a diplomatic source told The Express Tribune. “A decision regarding the remaining five officials is yet to be taken,” the source added.
Three Indian ‘undercover agents’ leave Pakistan
According to reports there are now two staffers remaining in Pakistan who India will soon withdraw.
Last week, Pakistan busted a network of Indian spies ‘working under diplomatic cover’. Official documents seen by The Express Tribune revealed that at least eight staffers of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad had been identified as serving officers of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and India’s Intelligence Bureau (IB).
The latest spat started after Indian police last week detained a staff member of Pakistan’s High Commission in New Delhi for questioning over espionage charges. Mahmood Akhtar, who was working as a visa officer at the Pakistani High Commission, was later expelled from India.
Eight Indian spies masquerading as diplomats outed
In what appeared to be a tit for tat move, Pakistan on Thursday confirmed that eight officials posted in India’s High Commission in Islamabad were agents of India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Intelligence Bureau (IB). The disclosure left New Delhi with no other options but to withdraw the named officials.
An official with knowledge of latest developments squarely blamed India for the escalation in tensions. The official, who requested to speak off the record so that he could talk freely on the subject, told The Express Tribune that India had breached an ‘understanding’ by revealing the identities of certain Pakistani officials posted in New Delhi. The official said both sides knew that certain officials worked under cover and they did so with the full knowledge of host country.
Meanwhile, speaking at his weekly news briefing, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria confirmed that eight Indian staff members of the country’s high commission belonged to RAW and IB.
Courtesy : Express Tribune