India Reduces Pak High Commission Staff By 50 Per Cent, Will Reciprocate

Pakistan has violated the Vienna Conference, India mentioned at the moment (File)

New Delhi:

India will cut back workers energy within the Pakistan Excessive Fee in New Delhi by 50 per cent and recall an analogous variety of officers from its fee in Islamabad, the Exterior Affairs Ministry mentioned Tuesday, amid an ongoing diplomatic row between the 2 nations.

The discount is to be carried out inside seven days, the ministry added.

The ministry mentioned Pakistan’s Cost d’ Affaires had been summoned this morning and was instructed that India had repeatedly expressed issues about Pakistani officers in “acts of espionage” and sustaining “dealings with terrorist organisations”.

“The behaviour of Pakistan isn’t in conformity with the Vienna Conference and bilateral agreements on therapy of diplomatic and consular officers. Quite the opposite, it’s an intrinsic component of a bigger coverage of supporting cross-border violence and terrorism,” the federal government mentioned.

“The current abduction at gunpoint of two Indian officers and their extreme ailing therapy underlines the extent to which Pakistan has gone in that course,” it added.

“They’ve (additionally) been engaged in acts of espionage and maintained dealings with terrorist organisations. The actions of the 2 officers caught red-handed and expelled on Might 31, 2020 was one instance in that regard,” the federal government mentioned.

Final week two Indian Excessive Fee staffers, reported lacking in Islamabad since eight AM, have been discovered late that night time after a robust grievance from New Delhi.

Authorities sources mentioned the 2, who have been drivers and suffered accidents, had been within the custody of Pakistan’s Inter Companies Intelligence (ISI). Pakistan mentioned they been concerned in a street accident and shared a FIR filed by the police to again their assertion.

“Officers who returned to India on June 22, 2020, have offered graphic particulars of the barbaric therapy that they skilled by the hands of Pakistani companies,” the federal government mentioned at the moment in reference to that incident.

Earlier this month the Exterior Affairs Ministry mentioned two officers of the Pakistan Excessive Fee in Delhi have been caught for finishing up espionage actions.

Sources mentioned the 2 – recognized as Abeed Hussain and Tahir Khan – labored within the visa part and used pretend identification papers to maneuver round. They have been declared persona non grata and ordered to depart India inside 24 hours.

Ties between India and Pakistan have been severely strained over the previous few years and have worsened with current incidents of firing on the border and terror strikes in Kashmir.

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