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Centre Says India Reduces Pak High Commission Staff By 50 Per Cent, Will Reciprocate
Last week two Indian High Commission staffers, reported missing in Islamabad since 8 AM, were found late that night after a strong complaint from New Delhi.
Centre Says India Reduces Pak High Commission Staff By 50 Percent, Will Reciprocate
New Delhi: On Tuesday the External Affairs Ministry India will reduce staff strength in the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi by 50 percent and a recall a similar number of officials form its commission in Islamabad, amid an ongoing diplomatic row between the two nations.
Also, the ministry added the reduction is to be implemented within seven days.
The ministry said that Pakistan's Charge d'Affaires has bee summoned this morning and was told that India had repeatedly expressed concerns about Pakistani officials in the "act of espionage" and maintaining "dealings with terrorist organizations".
"The behavior of Pakistan is not in conformity with the Vienna Convention and bilateral agreements on treatment of diplomatic and consular officials. On the contrary, it is an intrinsic element of a larger policy of supporting cross-border violence and terrorism," the government said.
"The recent abduction at gunpoint of two Indian officials and their severe ill-treatment underlines the extent to which Pakistan has gone in that direction," it added.
"They have (also) been engaged in acts of espionage and maintained dealings with terrorist organizations. The activities of the two officials caught red-handed and expelled on May 31, 2020, was one example in that regard," the government said.
Two Indian High Commission staffers last week, reported missing in Islamabad since 8 AM, were found late that night after a strong complaint from New Delhi.
Government sources said the two, who were drivers and suffered injuries had been in the custody of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence(ISI). Pakistan said they been involved in a road accident and shared an FIR filed by the police to back their statement.
The government today said in reference to that incident said that "Officials who returned to India on June 22, 2020, have provided graphic details of the barbaric treatment that they experienced at the hands of Pakistani agencies".
The External Affairs Ministry earlier this month said two officials of the Pakistan High Commission Delhi were caught for carrying out espionage activities.
As per the sources two identified as Abeed Hussain and Tahir Khan worked in the visa section and used fake identification papers to move around. They were declared persona non grata and ordered to leave India within 24 hours.
Ties between India and Pakistan have been severely strained over the past few years and have worsened with recent incidents of firing at the border and terror strikes in Kashmir.