Islamabad: Amid rising tensions between Indian and Pakistan, the latter on Wednesday expelled two Indian diplomats after declaring them ‘persona non-grata’ from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.
According to reports, the two diplomats are – RK Agnihotri and Balbir Singh.
The Pakistani establishment believes that the two are alleged RAW agents in the guise of diplomats posted with the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.
The matter was first reported by Pakistan Today, which said, “Two RAW agents in the guise of diplomats are running a terror unit in Pakistan”.
They include Rajesh Kumar Agnihotri and Balbir Singh. They are working as Commercial Counsellor and Press Information Secretary respectively, the daily said.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan government action evoked a sharp reaction from the Indian side, which also ordered four Pakistani officials to leave the country.
New agency ANI claimed that the four Pakistani officials posted at the the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi were allegedly named in an espionage network busted recently.
The four high commission officials have returned to Pakistan via the Wagah border, ANI said.
These four officials were reportedly named by expelled Pakistani High Commission staffer Mehmood Akhtar during his interrogation by the Indian interrogators.
Akhtar was expelled last week from India after being declared ‘persona non-grata’.
Mehmood Akhtar is believed to have revealed that he was part of a bigger espionage ring operating from the mission.
Sources said that ISI officer Mehmood Akhtar had admitted as much during questioning after he was detained by the Delhi Police Crime Branch.
Akhtar, who worked in the visa section of the Pakistan high commission and had diplomatic immunity, was procuring critical details including those about deployment of BSF personnel along the India-Pak border from two other accomplices who were arrested in Delhi.
Akhtar and two others – identified as Subhash Jangir and Maulana Ramzan- were picked up from Delhi Zoo last week. Akhtar was released after around three hours of interrogation as he enjoys diplomatic immunity.
A fourth person Shoaib, who is a Jodhpur-based passport and visa agent+ , was detained by Rajasthan police later.
“The two diplomats have been found to be involved in activities to destabilise Pakistan by facilitating and funding terrorism,” the media outlet claimed citing highly placed sources .
The daily claimed that another Indian diplomatic official Surjeet Singh who was recently expelled by Pakistan was also part of the network.