- Pakistan media names eight Indian mission staffers for 'anti-Pak activities'.
- Foreign Office has not confirmed yet.
- Claims came after Pakistan withdrew its six officials from Pakistan High Commission in India.
Pakistani media named eight staffers of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad accusing them of involvement in 'anti-Pakistan activities' in the midst of raging Indo-Pak tensions.
According to the information leaked to the media, the Indian 'agents' were found to be involved in "subversive activities', including attempts to disrupt the China-Pakistan
Economic Corridor (CPEC) and create fear and chaos in the country".
A report said that the Pakistani government has "unearthed another network of Indian spies that is involved in terrorism in Pakistan and is being run under auspices of New Delhi’s embassy based in Islamabad."
This news came after Pakistan withdrew six of their officials in the wake of a spy scandal that involves staffers of Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi. Sources of External Affairs Ministry, yesterday, stated that India was contemplating withdrawal of eight of its diplomats in Pakistan as their security has been 'completely compromised'.
In the midst of all this, the Pakistani media named at least eight staffers of the Indian High Commission and claimed that they are involved in 'anti-Pakistan activities'.
This has been seen as a tit-for-tat move at a time when tensions are flying high between both the countries after the Uri terror attack and India's retaliatory surgical strike across the LoC. This present situation between both the neighbouring countries can be seen as the lowest point in bilateral ties in recent times.
According to a report by Dawn, the alleged Indian intelligence personnel, whose cover was blown off in the media leak include commercial counsellor Rajesh Kumar Agnihotri, first secretary, press and culture Balbir Singh, first secretary, commercial Anurag Singh, visa attache Amardeep Singh Bhatti, visa assistants Dharmedra, Vijay Kumar Verma and Madhavan Nanda Kumar, and assistant, personnel welfare office Jayabalan Senthil. Furthermore, the media has claimed that these officials were working either for RAW or for the Indian Intelligence Bureau (IB).
The staffers are also alleged to have been building a network of informants within Pakistan and fabricating evidence for tarnishing the country.
The Dawn said these Indian officials could be declared persona non-grata by Pakistani authorities in the coming days or India might withdraw them.
Interestingly, the names have not been officially confirmed by the Foreign Office of Pakistan.
In the meantime, the withdrawn Pakistani officers and staffers reached Lahore yesterday.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 7:00 PM IST