Espionage case: India declares Pakistan Mission staffer persona non grata

"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.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 28, 2016 12:17 pm
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India on Thursday declared a Pakistan High Commission staffer as persona non-grata for espionage activities after he was caught red handed by Delhi Police with documents relating to defence deployment. This was conveyed by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar who summoned Pakistan envoy Abdul Basit to his office following brief detention of the staffer who was later released.

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“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.

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Acting on inputs, Delhi Police crime branch took the staffer identified as Mehmood Akhtar in custody after he was found in possession of certain defence documents. Akhtar was released after questioning as he enjoys diplomatic immunity, police said.

The crime branch has also arrested two persons, residents of Rajasthan, for allegedly passing on sensitive information to Akhtar, they said.

“The alleged spies are residents of Rajasthan working for Pakistan’s ISI. They were in touch with the staff here at Pakistan High Commission and were providing sensitive information,” said a senior police officer.

Those arrested have been identified as Maulana Ramzan and Subhash Jangir, he said.

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First Published on: October 27, 2016 5:37 pm
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    Abhi
    Oct 27, 2016 at 12:36 pm
    stan is a proven terrorist nation. lt;br/gt;I dont know how many more years will the UN and US take to realize the extent of threat from stan. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;UN and US should impose heave penalties on stan(The terrorist Nation).lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;China should also be imposed with heavy sanctions and should be expelled from UN and NSG because it is supporting and feeding terrorism by funds as well as arms and ammunition. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;stan supported by China will go to any extent to spread terrorism in the world.
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      Anonymous
      Oct 27, 2016 at 1:41 pm
      It is important to reach to the highest level from where the data is being leaked to deal with this treason. Arresting just common man can never be a solution.
      Reply