Pakistan names and shames 8 Indian high commission officials
The country alleged that a number of Indian diplomats and staffers were involved in ‘coordinating terrorist and subversive activities’; India says charges are ‘false’
Pak Foreign Ministry spokesman Nafees Zakariya said the officials also were damaging Pakistan-Afghanistan relations. Pic/PTI
Islamabad: Pakistan yesterday named eight Indian High Commission officials alleging that they were members of Indian intelligence agencies and involved in “subversive activities.”
Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said a number of Indian diplomats and staffers were involved in “coordinating terrorist and subversive activities in Pakistan under the garb of diplomatic assignments.” “Their names and designations are: Research and Analysis Wing’s operatives – RAW’s station chief Anurag Singh, first secretary Commercial; Commercial Counsellor Rajesh Kumar Agnihotri; Amerdeep Singh Bhatti, attache visa; Dharmendra Sodhi, staff; Vijay Kumar Verma, staff; and Madhavan Nanda Kumar, staff,” he said.
“Indian Intelligence Bureau’s operatives are Balbir Singh, first secretary press and information and IB station chief and Jayabalan Senthil, assistant personnel welfare officer,” Zakaria said.
Zakaria claimed that the High Commission officials were involved in “espionage, subversion and supporting terrorist activities in Balochistan and Sindh, especially Karachi, sabotaging China Pakistan Economic Corridor, and fuelling instability in the two provinces.” The officials also were damaging Pakistan-Afghanistan relations, Zakaria alleged. He claimed that the officials also handled factions of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), instigated religious minorities and fuelled sectarianism.
India denies charges
India criticised Pakistan’s move. “We regard this as an unfortunate incident. Pakistan is resorting to tit for tat without any real case against these officials, and we hope that such incidents do not recur in the future,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said. Swarup deemed the allegations as ‘false’.
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