Game of Expulsions: India-Pakistan’s diplomatic tension continues

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Pakistan High Commission staffer Mehmood Akhtar

In the midst of heightened Indo-Pak tensions, Delhi Police have detained Pakistan High Commission staffer for accessing sensitive defence documents.  Mehmood Akhtar has been running a spy ring for ISI, according to the police. He was immediately declared persona non-grata.

In retaliation, Pakistan on October 10 expelled Surjeet Singh, an official of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.

“The Foreign Secretary expressed deep concern over the activities of the Indian official that were in violation of the Vienna Convention and the established diplomatic norms,” said a statement issued by Pakistan Foreign Office.

Pakistan’s statement did not mention any charges against Surjeet Singh, whereas India put out a detailed charge list against Akhtar, who was working as an undercover assistant to the Councillor (Trade).

35-year-old Akhtar who belonged to Baloch regiment of Pakistani Army was on deputation to spy agency ISI since 2013.

According to the police, he was working in the visa section of the High Commission and was procuring critical details including deployment of BSF personnel along the Indo-Pak border.

Plain-clothes policemen presentbefore the media inside the police headquarters in New Delhi
Two Indian men accused of spying for Pakistan

Police picked Akhtar and two others — identified as Subhash Jangir and Maulana Ramzan from Delhi Zoo yesterday. Due to the diplomatic immunity, Akhtar enjoyed, he was released after around three hours of interrogation.