India says identities of eight diplomats in Pakistan exposed

India's nefarious design has been exposed once again after two Indian diplomats were found involved in terrorism activities inside Pakistan.

Pakistani TV channels and news websites initially ran stories that described Indian commercial counselor Rajesh Agnihotri and press secretary Balbir Singh as intelligence agents.

Geo quoted a source as saying that recently expelled Indian diplomat Surjeet Singh "was also a part of Balbir's network".

Pakistan on Wednesday pulled out six employees posted at its high commission in New Delhi, days after India declared one Pakistani official persona non-grata+ for espionage activities+. A foreign office official told Dawn that the four and their families living in New Delhi are facing difficulties.

This tit-for-tat response took place as Indian and Pakistani diplomats had been expelled last week. Indian government is threatening and blackmailing our diplomats. "It has become a centre of smuggling information from here to there (Pakistan)", he said.

India said on Wednesday it would withdraw eight of its diplomats from Pakistan after they were identified in local media reports, in a further deterioration in ties between the nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours.

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Akhtar, a Pakistani Mission staffer, was expelled last week from India after being declared "persona non-grata" on espionage charges.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's media started to publish reports containing the names and photographs of Indian high commission officials who they claimed were intelligence officials working under diplomatic cover.

The six high commission officials returned to Pakistan via the Wagah border.

The other two alleged Indian spies arrested by the Crime Branch are Maulana Ramzan Khan alias Hazrat and Subhash Jangir.

Earlier, Shoaib, a Jodhpur-based man, was detained by the Rajasthan Police, was placed in the custody of the Delhi Police till 8 November.

He added that New Delhi had violated common diplomatic norms as well as the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

  • Darren Santiago