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Pakistan High Commission official told to leave India on spying charges

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A Pakistan High Commission official in Indian has been asked to leave the country after he was allegedly caught involved in spying, Delhi police said today.

The official in question Mehmood Akhtar was detained and questioned last night before being let off soon since he enjoyed diplomatic immunity.

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Akhtar who had been working with the Pakistan High Commission in India for the past three years was caught by the police near the Delhi zoo while purchasing “sensitive” documents from an Indian national.

Reports said during initial interrogation, the detained Pak official claimed he is an Indian and also showed fake Aadhar card.

“The said official will be deported to Pakistan within 48 hours,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav told the media today.

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The police also arrested two Indians for allegedly involved in espionage activities and passing on sensitive information to the ISI, Pak’s espionage agency. They have been identified as Maulana Ramzan and Subhash Jangir.

Police said the trio were involved in anti-national activities for the past one-and-a-half years. “But we were keeping an eye on their activities for the past six months,” Yadav said.

According to the police, the Pak official caught on espionage charges was a havildar in Baloch regiment of Pakistani army but was later hired by ISI.

“Subsequently, he was deployed in the visa department in the (Pakistan) High Commission to be in touch be local citizens and lure them for his gains,” Delhi police said.

The local media today reported the ministry of external affairs summoned Pakistan envoy Abdul Basit after which he was told by foreign secretary S Jaishankar that the Pakistan mission staffer has been declared an “unwelcome person”.

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