Charges against high commission staffer ‘false and unsubstantiated’, says Pakistan

Pakistani diplomatic official, identified as Mehmood Akhtar, was initially taken into custody by the Delhi police crime branch after he was found in possession of defence-related documents.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 28, 2016 12:17 pm
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Pakistan said Thursday that the charges against its High Commission staffer, whom India has declared as persona non grata for espionage activities, were ‘false and unsubstantiated.’ It also said it condemned the ‘detention and manhandling’ of its diplomatic official.

The diplomatic official, identified as Mehmood Akhtar, was initially taken into custody by the Delhi police crime branch after he was found in possession of defence-related documents. When he was approached by the Delhi police, he claimed he was an Indian national and produced a fake Aadhaar card. He was later released as he enjoys diplomatic immunity. According to the police, Akhtar has been posted with the High Commission in New Delhi for two-and-a-half years and worked in the visa section.

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“He is serving with Pakistan ISI and has got diplomatic immunity since he is posted in the Pakistan High Commission (PHC) of Delhi. This was verified through MEA and after confirmation and as per the due procedures, he was handed over to the PHC diplomats in presence of MEA representative,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) R S Yadav said.

Two men, residents of Nagaur in Rajasthan, were arrested for spying on the border activities of the BSF and allegedly supplying the high commissioner staffer with information. Those arrested have been identified as Maulana Ramzan and Subhash Jangir, a senior police official said.

“FS summons Pak High Commissioner to convey that Pak High Commission staffer has been declared persona non grata for espionage activities,” said Vikas Swarup, spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs, earlier today.

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  1. F
    Oct 27, 2016 at 10:04 am
    Ratan Tata made a big ber by selecting Mistry. To remove an inhouse person always difficult and tricky then a new appointee who is an outsider. The cost of correction of this mistake is very huge and hope the tata group will overcome this error.
    1. L
      Oct 27, 2016 at 11:20 am
      How did the police ascertain that he is working for ISI. Was he carrying an ISI badge or something? He has diplomatic immunity so why would he walk around with a fake Indian ID card? Doesn't make any sense at all.
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        Shafted mohammed
        Oct 27, 2016 at 6:41 pm
        His face looks like kasab and it is high time to flush that blatant liar Abdul basit and reduce the emby staff to just five people. Provide full security to these people when ever they leave emby premises.
        1. S
          Oct 27, 2016 at 9:28 am
          Porkieslt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Would you ever accept truth. You have to have a new word in Dictionary truth for a total lie.
          1. U
            Oct 27, 2016 at 11:03 pm
            stani Muslim terrorists diplomats do not make sense at all. stani Muslim terrorists cross the border also.
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              RISHABH SINGH
              Oct 27, 2016 at 11:10 am
              These bad traitor should be hanged by Our Country INDIA
              1. S
                S S
                Oct 27, 2016 at 10:27 am
                stan is sole properitor of jhooth.It has given dealership to Kejru and co.
                1. S
                  Shivram Vaidya
                  Oct 27, 2016 at 1:48 pm
                  देश छोडते समय, उस का मोबाईल, उस की बैग, उस की जेबें, उस का पूरा सामान, यहा तक उस का पूरा बदन, पूरी तरह से जांच ले ! जाते जाते भी अपने देश से कोई गुप्त फाइल्स चुरा सकता है !
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