Spying allegations by Pakistan a crude attempt to tarnish India’s image: Sushma Swaraj

On November 2, Pakistani media prominently carried names of eight Indian High Commission officials, alleging they were involved in "subversive and terrorist activities."

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: November 23, 2016 8:09 pm
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India and Pakistan have withdrawn eight officials each, including senior diplomats, from their missions in each other’s country following the expulsion of Pakistani High Commission staffer, Mehboob Akhtar, over alleged spying. In written reply to question in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, on November 2, Pakistan government withdrew six High Commission officials, whose names had reportedly appeared in media following the interrogation of Akhtar, who was accused by Delhi police of running a spy ring.

Pakistan withdrew two more officials along with seven family members on November 16, she said. Noting that on November 2, Pakistani media prominently carried names of eight Indian High Commission officials, alleging they were involved in “subversive and terrorist activities”, Swaraj said on November 3, at it weekly media briefing, Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs also officially released their names and designations.

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“The litany of baseless charges against them was repeated,” she said. In view of safety and security of these officials and their family members, all of them returned to India in three batches on November 8, 10 and 12, 2016, the minister said. “The allegations against Indian officials represent an afterthought on the part of Government of Pakistan and constitute a crude attempt to tarnish the image of India.

“The manner in which their names and photographs were prominently published in Pakistani media along with baseless allegation reiterated without any corroboration by Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs is against the Vienna Convention and also violates the norms of established diplomatic practice and courtesies,” she added. As per the understanding between India and Pakistan, the effective strength of their respective diplomatic missions cannot exceed 110 at any point of time.

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  1. A
    Nov 23, 2016 at 1:32 pm
    Wonder India's image would have been better.
    1. L
      Nov 23, 2016 at 6:11 pm
      Tarnish India's image hahahaha. Madam do you know the name Kulbushan Jhadev? I guess not. Go look him up. He has spilled all the beans about the false goody two shoes Indian image that you want the world to see.
      1. kris kumar
        Nov 23, 2016 at 7:55 pm
        You wild kuta lafanga is back again barking. You s kidnapped Kulbhushan from Iran and you are so evil that you would not let our High commission to visit him. No spy carry any identification. s propaa and lies are well known to the world. India has captured hundreds of spies and there are more under investigation. You jokers have got the habits of denials and cry to the world when punished by Indian forces. Kulbhushan is innocent and a normal businessman who was working in Iran and to hide your incompetency and cruelty to Balochis you were looking for India to blame and rouge ISI kidnapped the innocent Kulbhushan. You s shout and scream about RAW everywhere in Pak but you can not find a single one. Pak is an evil state and its end will be in a evil way.
        1. S
          Nov 23, 2016 at 5:10 pm
          Ms. Swaraj, I think you are being a bit naive ! Terroristan hurting India's image ? They are an international pariah - laughed at, scorned at, rebuked and ignored.
          1. S
            Nov 23, 2016 at 2:14 pm
            stan has so much of India phobia that they don't see, talk or think anything else other than India. They have lied in their pathological obsession and now no one trust them on what they talk. It is the terrorist country without any credentials.
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