Published: Sat, October 29, 2016
Technology | By Tonya May

Pak's expulsion of Indian mission staffer unsubstantiated: MEA

Singh was accused of activities "in violation of the Vienna Convention and the established diplomatic norms", a statement by Pakistan's foreign ministry said. "These are sovereign decisions that nation-states make, and these are issues that we re going to leave to India and Pakistan to work out", John Kirby said.

Pakistan on Friday said it will attend the Heart of Asia conference on Afghanistan to be held in Amritsar in December but has not decided on the "manner and level" of participation, a day after India welcomed Islamabad's decision to take part in the meet.

Pakistan's foreign secretary summoned the Indian High Commissioner on Thursday to say the government would be expelling a diplomat.

In retaliation later, India said it carried out surgical strikes across the LoC in Pakistan's side of Kashmir and claimed it destroyed several terrorist launching pads used by Pakistani militants.

In a tit-for-tat action, Pakistan on Thursday declared an Indian High Commission official as persona non-grata and asked him to leave the country within 48 hours.

Pakistan's High Commission in New Delhi, however, rejected the allegations, saying in a statement it "never engages in any activity that is incompatible with its diplomatic status". "He was selected as an ISI agent after a rigorous test in January 2013", said Ravindra Yadav, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime).

Two Indian nationals - Subhash Jangir and Maulana Ramzan, from Rajasthan state - were stopped, along with Akhtar, while passing the documents to him at Delhi Zoo on Wednesday.

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MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup also noted that Pakistan's action is obviously an afterthought and lacks any reasonable cause.

Akhtar was trying to gather information pertaining to deployment of security forces along the western coast, Sir Creek and Kutch areas and also about military installations in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa, a Home Ministry official said.

Another Pakistani spy identified as Shoaib was arrested by Rajasthan Police on Thursday and brought to Delhi for further probe.

Pakistan hit back by afternoon, accusing India of "manhandling" Akhtar and denying he was spying for the Inter-Services Intelligence.

The Indian prime minister stepped up a drive to isolate Pakistan diplomatically after the Uri army base attack last month. The (spying) module was active for one-and-a-half years. "They had lists of BSF men who were deployed, transferred or retired", he claimed.

Yadav claimed that the spy had visited Pakistan at least six times.

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