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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