A statement from the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “Indian law enforcement authorities today arrested two officials of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi who were addicted to espionage.”
The statement also stated that officials were declared “unwelcome” because they were engaged in activities that did not match the membership of the diplomatic corps. They were asked to leave the country within 24 hours.
Deputy Commissioner Pramod Kushwaha of New Delhi Police Special Cell The anti-terrorism department said that the two were “Pakistan nationals” and that they “engaged in anti-Indian activities when they were arrested.” No further details were provided to clarify the alleged activities.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also sent a formal diplomatic message to Pakistani diplomats-strongly protesting the officials of the two countries, and asked to ensure that “no member of the diplomatic corps should engage in activities or conducts that are not related to India. Incompatible with their diplomatic status the way.”
Pakistan ’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad quickly condemned the expulsion of these diplomats and accused India of violating the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
The statement said: “The Indian authorities today (May 31, 2020) released the charges of two staff members of the Pakistan High Commissioner’s Office in New Delhi.”
“We condemn detention and torture and threaten and press diplomats to accept false accusations.”
The statement did not detail the alleged torture. Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the two men have since been released “under the intervention of the High Commission”.
Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the decision to declare the two countries unpopular was “accompanied by a negative media campaign planned in advance and carefully planned, which is part of the continuous anti-Pakistan propaganda.
The report said that the Indian special envoy was summoned and launched a large number of condemnations of “baseless Indian allegations.”
Major General Shahi Astana, the retired director-general of the Indian Army Infantry Force, said that Pakistani embassy members “have been addicted to espionage and were arrested this time.”
At the same time, the retired Pakistani army officer Lieutenant General Talath Masood said that the expulsion of diplomats has entered a “more severe scope.”
He said: “It is time for both countries to focus on pandemics and internal crises. Hostilities are now expanding and becoming more regional.”
On the occasion of this move, relations between neighboring countries in South Asia that possess nuclear weapons are still full of tension.
On Monday, Pakistan tried to stop the move against the High Commissioner in an attempt to divert India’s attention to domestic political issues and the situation in Kashmir.
A statement from Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “India’s attempts to increase tension will not succeed.”
CNN wrote Sophia Saifi from Islamabad, Rishabh Madhavendra Pratap from New Delhi and Helen Regan from Hong Kong. Vedika Sud contributed to New Delhi’s reporting.