Pakistan High Commission staffer asked to leave India after leak of sensitive defence documents

The Ministry of External Affairs have summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit over the detention and repeated ceasefire violations committed by the Pakistan army along the border.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 28, 2016 4:53 pm
basit1 The Ministry of External Affairs have summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit over the detention and repeated ceasefire violations committed by the Pakistan army along the border. (Source: Express Photo Renuka Puri)

A staff member of the Pakistan High Commission was detained and let off by Delhi Police’s Crime Branch on Thursday after he was found to be in possession of defence related documents. The staffer, identified as Mehmood Akhtar, was questioned by the Inter State Cell of Crime Branch, after the arrest of two men from Rajasthan for allegedly leaking the documents to him. Akhtar, when approached by Delhi Police, claimed he was an Indian citizen and produced a fake Aadhar card. After receiving intelligence inputs, Delhi Police Crime Branch took Akhtar into custody. He was released after questioning as he enjoys diplomatic immunity, police said.

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“The spies are residents of Rajasthan working for Pakistan’s ISI. The spies 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.

Briefing the media over the detention, Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police, Crime, Ravinder Yadav said that Akhtar was the kingpin of this “espionage racket” and used to recruit spies in India. “He was a havildar in Baloch regiment of Pakistan army, was later hired by ISI and was working in visa department in high commission,” Yadav said. The racket has been active for the last one-and-a-half years, Yadav said. The two arrested men were allegedly spying on BSF activities on the border and used to pass on the information to “intelligence operative” Akhtar, he added. The men were found to be in possession of defence deployment maps, border area maps and visa related documents. Another spy, identified as Shoaib from Jodhpur, will be arrested soon for his alleged involvement in the ring.

The Ministry of External Affairs summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit over the detention and repeated ceasefire violations committed by the Pakistan army along the border. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar informed Basit that the Pakistan mission staffer has been declared persona non grata for his role in the espionage case. Basit protested saying that the “detention and manhandling” of Pakistan mission staffer was in “violation of the 1961 Vienna Convention”. He asked the Indian Government “to ensure that such harassment should not happen in future”.

The detention of the Pakistani diplomat comes amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan, with the latter resorting to heavy mortar shelling along the border. A BSF head constable who sustained a splinter injury in the cross-border firing in RS Pura sector died early Thursday morning. Shelling from across the border increased post the Indian Army’s surgical strike on terrorist launch pads inside Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.

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    Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
    Oct 27, 2016 at 11:56 am
    Seems like you still have your head stuck in camels .
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      Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
      Oct 27, 2016 at 9:11 am
      This ba$tard son of a swi-Ne should have been first thoroughly investigated by stripped naked,---hanged side up,---police batten poked up his until revealed all his activities and named all his ociates before release and handed over to ABDUL BULL-SHI-T together both kicked out of India immediately and shut the pokistan emby and declare it null and void.
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        Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
        Oct 27, 2016 at 8:03 am
        Why asked to leave??--same mistake again similar to MACH-OOD AZH-AR,---this pig should have been arrested and torc-hed until hard to breath than lodged with a case and dragged and isolated in TIHAR.
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          MyTake
          Oct 27, 2016 at 10:22 am
          stan is the only country in the world with which no one talks anymore (starting from Bangladesh to US), they just act to do what they need to do! India should be doing the same!
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            MyTake
            Oct 27, 2016 at 8:32 am
            [Akhtar, when approached by Delhi Police, claimed he was an Indian citizen and produced a fake Aadhar card. After receiving intelligence inputs, Delhi Police Crime Branch took Akhtar into custody. He was released after questioning as he enjoys diplomatic immunity, police said.]lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This is exactly why Hindian f a r t I s t s want to work with I s t a n i fa r t I s t s to work together so they can do an art of a job!!
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              Anand
              Oct 27, 2016 at 5:15 am
              No surprise !
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                Raj
                Oct 27, 2016 at 7:24 am
                Why even have their emby?
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                  avi
                  Oct 27, 2016 at 5:55 am
                  Why did they release him, forget diplomatic immunity, they should have traded him for Yadhav ?
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                    bharat kumar
                    Oct 27, 2016 at 10:06 am
                    stani women might have shared indian men blood to claim our citizenship
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                      bharat kumar
                      Oct 27, 2016 at 10:07 am
                      shameless people of stan
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                        lafanga
                        Oct 27, 2016 at 11:09 am
                        If that is the case then why did all the BRICS members showed a giant middle finger to Modi when he ranted and ranted against stan?
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                          lafanga
                          Oct 27, 2016 at 11:11 am
                          It's actually stani men who tickle the warm feelings inside Indian women. Latest sensation in India is a stani chaiwala because Indian chaiwalas look a lot like Modi LOL
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                            lafanga
                            Oct 27, 2016 at 9:45 am
                            The frustration of all the BRICS members showing the middle finger to Modi on his sob stories finally coming out. Seems like Modi wants to start another world war in South Asia.
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                              lafanga
                              Oct 27, 2016 at 9:41 am
                              You must be high on desai cola this morning. Calm down.
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                                Kejriwal Fan
                                Oct 27, 2016 at 10:07 am
                                Modi expelled him just because he is a muslim. When will India see the end of this disgrace called modi?
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                                  Sankaran Krishnan
                                  Oct 27, 2016 at 7:19 am
                                  Send the Emby staff back to the Terror Nation stan and hang the Anti-Nationals who was arrested by the Delhi Police which should send a strong message for those whoever involves in such heinous acts against the Nation !!!
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                                    kris kumar
                                    Oct 27, 2016 at 7:42 am
                                    Kick Basit and his gangs out of India. will never adhere to civil manners and continue to use Indian Muslims for espionage and create problems. s are not worth dealing with but unfortunately you can not do much about rouge neighbours like Pak and China.
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                                      kvl
                                      Oct 27, 2016 at 8:19 am
                                      What is the use of these forceful comments by the readers,Government hasto take stringent actions and teach them a lesson.Why should they leave the staffer? And how Farook abdullah still taking forcefully in NDTV that we must talk with all.Why to talk as labelling as stake holders.Why no mention of Kashmir pundits who are not invaders or settled but genuine stake holders.? All these fake leaders like Abdullah, Omar encouraged Separatists.who became emboldened and talikng of Azadi.
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                                        mathimathi
                                        Oct 27, 2016 at 9:41 am
                                        HANGING A staff member of the stan High Commission is better.
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                                          mohan
                                          Oct 27, 2016 at 7:25 am
                                          Also drive the China-Pak groomed plants out of the country. It is a well known fact that JNU is a den of anti nationals
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                                            mohan
                                            Oct 27, 2016 at 8:19 am
                                            Instal CCTV cameras all over and monitor them remotely
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