New Delhi: Hours after India asked Pakistani envoy Mehmood Akhtar, to leave the country, Pakistan has also asked Indian official, Surjeet Singh, to leave the country, reports said.
In a statement, the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated: “The Indian action has been accompanied by an extremely negative and orchestrated media campaign.”
The statement said: “We reject the Indian allegations and deplore the Indian action which is indeed a violation of the Vienna Convention as well as the norms of diplomatic conduct especially in an already vitiated atmosphere.”
The ministry also said that this act by India is an indication of the “shrinking diplomatic” relations between the two countries.
“Pakistan High Commission has always been working within the parameters of international law and diplomatic norms. This act clearly reflects Indian actions to shrink diplomatic space for the working of Pakistan High Commission,” it said.
“The Indian attempts to escalate the tensions and divert the international attention from the grave human rights violations being perpetrated by the Indian occupation forces in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir can never succeed. Pakistan urges the international community to take notice of the Indian designs,” it added.
Yesterday, Pakistan High Commission staffer Mehmood Akhtar, who has been identified as the kingpin of the espionage racket, has been asked to leave India as he enjoyed diplomatic immunity.