Indian High Commission official Surjeet Singh leaves Pakistan for home

Surjeet Singh was declared persona non grata on October 27 and told to leave Pakistan in 48 hours by the Foreign Office, Geo News reported.

By: IANS | Islamabad | Updated: November 3, 2016 3:41 pm
indo pak relations, india pakistan, pakistan global isolation, pakistan nuclear weapon, pakistan terrorism, us pakistan, world news, indian express, The Pakistani Foreign Office in a statement said, “The Foreign Secretary expressed deep concern over the activities of the Indian official that were in violation of the Vienna Convention and the established diplomatic norms.”

Indian High Commission official, Surjeet Singh, who was declared persona non grata by Pakistan in a retaliatory action two days ago, left the country with his family on Saturday, a media report said. Surjeet Singh was declared persona non grata on October 27 and told to leave Pakistan in 48 hours by the Foreign Office, Geo News reported. Singh’s expulsion orders came within hours of India asking that a Pakistani High Commission official leave India for allegedly running a spy ring. Pakistan Foreign Secretary, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, had summoned Indian High Commissioner, Gautam Bambawale, in Islamabad on Thursday and declared Surjeet Singh as persona non grata and asked that he leave the country by Saturday.

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The Pakistani Foreign Office in a statement said, “The Foreign Secretary expressed deep concern over the activities of the Indian official that were in violation of the Vienna Convention and the established diplomatic norms.” The action came hours after Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit in New Delhi that day to protest against Mehmood Akhtar, a visa officer at the Pakistan High Commission, who India accused of spying.

Basit was told that Akhtar had been declared persona non grata and should leave India by October 29. Pakistan has denied the espionage charges levelled against Akhtar as “false and unsubstantiated”, and alleged that Indian police “manhandled” him. Akhtar was accused of obtaining Indian defence documents. He was released as he is entitled to diplomatic immunity. India asked him to leave the country in 48 hours.

India said that Akhtar was the “kingpin” of a spying network that was active for 18 months. The Pakistan Foreign Ministry said the Akhtar was detained for three hours on “false and unsubstantiated” charges of espionage before he was returned to the mission. Pakistan also noted that Akhtar’s detention violated the Vienna Convention. India categorically denied that the accused officer was mistreated.

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    Vijaya Bhaskar
    Oct 29, 2016 at 2:26 pm
    What is news?
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      Fahim
      Oct 30, 2016 at 4:21 am
      stan should be attacked and invaded and no terrorist and their supporters should be left alive. if they are alive, this will be injustice with humanity. these people don't deserve to live. other than that the some good people in stan are suffering from these people's terror.
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        harith
        Oct 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm
        stan must be declared as the country of non grata
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          Hari
          Oct 29, 2016 at 4:32 pm
          THE DEATH PENALTY BE GIVEN FOR THIS HEINOUS CRIME. ONLY THEN THIS CRIME CAN BE CONTROLLED AS THIS COUNTRY IS FULL OF TRAITORS WHO ARE INVOLVED IN ANTI-NATIONAL ACTIVITIES. SP is full of criminals and stani agents who are well known in public domain. When most of the Muslim leaders of this party are deeply involved in anti-Indian activities to help stan to launch a proxy war with help of terrorists.
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            Hari
            Oct 29, 2016 at 4:21 pm
            THE DEATH PENALTY MUST BE GIVEN FOR THIS HEINOUS CRIME. ONLY THEN THIS CRIME CAN BE CONTROLLED AS THIS COUNTRY IS FULL OF TRAITORS WHO ARE INVOLVED IN ANTI-NATIONAL ACTIVITIES. SP is full of criminals and stani agents who are well known in public domain. When most of the Muslim leaders of this party are deeply involved in anti-Indian activities to help stan to launch a proxy war with help of terrorists.
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              Nirmal
              Oct 30, 2016 at 4:10 am
              The first thing India must do now is to permanently shut down high commission in stan and expel Abdul Basit from India.There is no meaning in having diplomatic mission on either sidedia has nothing to do with stan until they clear themselves of terrorism and anti India activities which is highly unlikelydia need to take a tough stand by shutting down all ties with stan.
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                Rauf
                Oct 29, 2016 at 4:49 pm
                I dont agree with Aslam ,,, must arrest who are really did this not in political shape which is BJP always do specially such advises are given by amit Shah
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                  JAYA NAIR
                  Oct 29, 2016 at 4:28 pm
                  We Indian should also kick out stan commission from our nation.
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