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India issues demarche to Pakistan after 2 High Commission staffers go missing in Islamabad

The incident comes days after two Pakistani officials at the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi were accused of espionage and deported.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: June 15, 2020 6:41:22 pm
India pakistan, indian diplomats missing, india high commission pakistan, indian diplomats in pakistan India and Pakistan downgraded their diplomatic ties in August last year, after Jammu & Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 was revoked.

The Ministry of External Affairs issued a demarche to Pakistan’s Charge d’affaires to India after two Indian officials working with Indian High Commission in Islamabad (Pakistan) went missing.

The Indian staffers, identified as a CISF security official and a driver, have been missing since Monday morning. The Indian High Commission has raised this issue with the Pakistani authorities.

The incident comes days after two Pakistani officials at the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi were accused of espionage and deported. The two officials, Abid Hussain and Muhammad Tahir, were caught by Delhi Police while they were obtaining sensitive documents relating to India’s security installations from an Indian national in exchange for money, official sources said in New Delhi.

This is the first time after four years that such an incident of expelling officials of the Pakistan High Commission has taken place. In October 2016, India and Pakistan had expelled officials from each other’s missions for spying. Pakistan had summoned a senior Indian diplomat to register a strong protest over the decision.

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India and Pakistan downgraded their diplomatic ties in August last year, after Jammu & Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 was revoked. Both countries have recalled their High Commissioners, and Deputy High Commissioners now act as the chief of the mission.

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