Islamabad: Pakistan declares Indian High Commission official persona non-grata, asks him to leave the country on Thursday after India expelled a Pakistan High Commission staffer India for espionage, Pakistan summoned the Indian envoy in Islamabad and asked that an Indian official, Surjeet Singh, leave Pakistan.
A communique from Pakistan’s foreign ministry said, Surjeet Singh has been declared “persona non grata”.
“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 Indian High Commissioner has been asked to make urgent necessary arrangements for Surjeet Singh and his family to leave Pakistan by 29 October 2016,” the communique read.
Earlier today India asked that Mahmood Akhtar, 35, leave within 48 hours after he was caught by the police on Wednesday at the Delhi zoo, while he was receiving sensitive intelligence and documents from two men from Rajasthan.
The men were arrested but Akhtar was let off because of diplomatic immunity. The men Maulana Ramzan and Subhash Jangir had allegedly been supplying sensitive defence documents and information to Akhtar for a year-and-a-half. Akhtar would meet them every month at a designated spot.
A police officer said the documents recovered from them at the zoo had details of deployment of the army and Border Security Force at the border.