New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Two officials of Pakistan High Commission in the national capital have been asked to leave India within 24 hours after they were expelled for indulging in spying activities, Ministry of External Affairs said on Sunday as reported by ANI. 

The two officials from Pakistan were apprehended by Indian security agencies on Sunday. 

"2 officials of High Commission of Pakistan in New Delhi were apprehended today by Indian law enforcement authorities for indulging in espionage activities. Government has declared them persona-non grate and asked them to leave the country within 24 hours," MEA said.

It said Pakistan's Charge de Affairs was issued a demarche in which a strong protest was lodged over the activities of the two officials against India's national security. 

"Pakistan's Charge de Affaires was issued demarche in which strong protest was lodged regarding the matter and was asked to ensure that no member of its diplomatic mission should indulge in activities inimical to India or behave in manner incompatible with their diplomatic status," it further said.

Pak High Commission has been told to ensure that no member of its diplomatic mission indulges in activities inimical to India, officials told PTI.

The spokesperson of Pakistani mission is yet to comment on the development.  

According to a report by Hindustan Times, Delhi office officials had detained three officials of Pakistani mission. The three men were identified as Mohammad Tahir Khan, 44, a clerk, Abid Hussain Abid, 42, an assistant in the Pakistani mission, and Javed Hussain, 36, a driver.

They claimed to be Indians and even produced fake Aadhaar card, police officials told Hindustan Times, adding a case under Official Secrets Act was registered against them.

The report added that the government ordered the expulsion of Khan and Abid. There were posted in the mission in October 2015 and December 2018 respectively.

The development comes at a time when ties between the two countries are at an all-time low. In 2016, India had expelled an official of Pakistani mission after he was nabbed by the security agencies.

(with PTI inputs)

Posted By: James Kuanal