On Thursday, the Foreign Secretary called upon the Indian High Commissioner and put into words the verdict of the Government of Pakistan to proclaim Surjeet Singh, an official of the Indian High Commission, as “persona non grata”, said a report released by the Foreign Office.
The statement further claimed that the Foreign Secretary uttered deep apprehension over the behavior of the Indian official that were in violation of the Vienna Convention and recognized diplomatic norms.
“The Indian High Commission has been asked to make urgent necessary arrangements for Surjeet Singh and his family to leave Pakistan by October 29, 2016.”
Earlier today, India came on a decision to exorcise a Pakistani high commission staff member for “spying activities”, a foreign ministry official said, the local media also reported that New Delhi Police had imprisoned him.
The Indian foreign secretary called upon Pakistani envoy to India Abdul Basit to notify him that a Pakistan High Commission staffer has been affirmed persona non grata for spying activities, representative of Indian Ministry for External Affairs Vikas Swarap said in a tweet.
Foreign Secretary calls upon Pakistan High Commissioner to convey that Pak High Commission staffer has been declared persona non grata for spying activities
The Crime Commissioner of Delhi Police Mr. Ravindra Yadav alleged the official had been imprisoned on Wednesday with defense and other credentials in his control.
The credentials included information on exploitation of India’s border security forces, Yadav said in a press conference.
A Pakistani ambassadorial source said the visa official, named as Mehmood Akhtar, had been allowed 48 hours for leaving India.
Akhtar was released in about three hours when Pakistani High Commission intervened, the Foreign Office informed.
Two other officials, known as Subhash Jangir and Maulana Ramzan, have also been under arrest for passing on sensitive information to the staffer.
Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit “strongly protested with Indian Foreign Secretary at the detention and manhandling of Pakistan High Commission staff,” a spokesperson of the Pakistan High commission in Delhi said.
The high commissioner also expressed that the imprisonment breached the 1961 Vienna Convention.
He inquired from the Indian government to ensure that such aggravation would not take place in the future. He also powerfully disapproved allegations of the Indian government.
“Pakistan never engages in any activity that is incompatible with its diplomatic status,” the representative said.
“This act clearly indicates Indian proceedings to minimize ambassadorial liberty for the functioning of Pakistan High Commission,” the Foreign Official said.
The probable exclusion of the official comes in the mid of soaring tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of a wave of cross-border firing which has caused casualties on either sides.
The Indian premier stepped up a force to segregate Pakistan diplomatically after the Uri army base attack in previous month.
Few hours after when the attack happened, Indian Home Minister Mr Rajnath Singh termed Pakistan as a ‘terrorist state’. India also pointed the finger at Pakistan for involvement in the Uri army base attack.
The Uri attack took place days before the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly on the subject of Indian human rights violations in held Kashmir.
Soon after the attack, India asserted to have performed a cross-border ‘surgical strike’ against ‘launch pads of terror’ in Azad Jammu and Kashmir — this claim has been strongly rejected by Pakistan.
Pakistan upholds that India is trying to turn away the world’s consideration from ‘atrocities’ committed by government forces in Indian-held Kashmir.
India and Pakistan have locked horns on the issue of Kashmir since Indian military stepped up a crackdown in opposition to campaigners after Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani had been killed by government forces in the month of July.