The Special Branch and Intelligence Bureau (IB) of Delhi Police have arrested two officers of the Pakistani High Commission and one of their drivers while spying. The Government of India has issued an order to leave the country within 24 hours, declaring all of them as persons non grata (unwanted persons) for indulging in espionage activities. Both these officers were posted as Visa Assistants in the High Commission.
India issued objection letter to Pakistan
Foreign Ministry officials said that the Government of India has issued a demarche (objection letter) to the Pakistan High Commission in this regard. The Pakistan High Commission has also been asked to ensure that a member of its diplomatic mission does not indulge in anti-India activities or conduct anything that does not fit their diplomatic position.
A senior Delhi Police official said that the Intelligence Department had received information that Abid Hussain and Mohammad Tahir of the Pakistan High Commission were reaching Karog Bagh to collect confidential documents from someone.
Subsequently, the team formed under the leadership of ACP Lalit Mohan Negi, and Hridyabhushan Negi caught both officers and driver Javed red-handed while they were giving Indian currency to someone in exchange for important documents related to the Indian security establishment.
Both were caught from Karol Bagh at 12 noon on Sunday when both were taking confidential documents from a third person. They roamed the streets of Delhi openly and made fake IDs to call themselves Indians. Earlier such incidents happened in 2016.
Spying for ISI confesses
According to sources, during interrogation, the two officials confessed to espionage for Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI. Both the officers were giving the iPhone to the person in addition to Indian currency in lieu of confidential documents. Both have also found fake Aadhaar cards.
Pakistan said - allegations baseless
The Pakistan Foreign Ministry condemned India's action, saying it is clear that the scope of diplomatic work for the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi is being reduced. We reject this baseless charge of India. It is also a violation of the Treaty of Vienna.