Two officials of Pakistan High Commission have been caught spying in New Delhi. The govt has asked them to leave India within 24 hrs.
New Delhi| The Delhi Police arrested two Pakistani Embassy officials on Sunday red-handed while spying. As per reports, the police officials caught them bribing a person for security documents. Both the spies work as visa assistants at the embassy. Upon being caught spying for ISI, they tried to prove themselves to be Indian citizens. They even had fake Aadhaar cards, Indian currency and iPhones.
India will take Persona non grata action against them under diplomatic protocol. In general, Persona non grata means a person who is on a diplomatic mission and his activities in the respective country (in which he is stationed) have been found to be wrong. India will now send these two back to Pakistan.
According to media reports, the two officers were arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police. Their names are Abid Hussain and Tahir Khan. Both worked for the ISI. Both also used fake identity cards to freely roam around the country.
What the Indian Foreign Ministry said
After the arrest of the officers, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said, “Two officials of Pakistan High Commission have been caught spying in New Delhi. India’s investigative agencies have taken this action. Declaring them as Persona non grata, the government has asked them to leave the country in 24 hours. Pakistan has also been assigned a Demarshe (Diplomatic Demand Letter). In this, strong protest has been lodged against the work being done by its officers against the national security of India. Pakistan has been asked to decide that its officers should show responsibility under diplomatic rules. ‘
PA of SP MP was arrested
In October 2016, Mohammad Farhat, PA of former SP MP Munawwar Salim, was arrested. He was accused of espionage at the behest of the Pakistan High Commission. Many more people were also arrested in this case.
Mahmud Akhtar, an officer of the High Commission, used to give these people money in exchange for spying. Confidential documents were recovered from the accused. After taking strict action, India sent Akhtar back to his country. During this period, Shoaib, an ISI agent from Jodhpur, was also arrested by the police.