The law enforcement officials of India have apprehended two officials of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi for their alleged involvement in espionage. The Pakistani officials identified as Abid Hussain and Tahir Khan have been asked by the Government of India to leave the country within 24 hours.
Abid Hussain and Tahir Khan were apprehended in a joint operation by the Delhi Police and Military Intelligence and handed over to the MEA who asked them to leave the country in 24 hours.
A statement from the Ministry of External Affairs on May 31 stated, “The Government has declared both these officials persona non grata for indulging in activities incompatible with their status as members of a diplomatic mission and asked them to leave the country within twenty-four hours.”
Abid Hussain is a resident of Sheikhpura in Punjab while Tahir Khan is a resident of Islamabad. Officials said a third Pakistani, a driver with the mission, was also detained during the operation.
According to the Ministry statement, “Pakistan’s Charge de Affaires was issued a demarche in which a strong protest was lodged with regard to the activities of these officials of the High Commission of Pakistan against India’s national security. Pakistan’s Charge de Affaires was asked to ensure that no member of its diplomatic mission should indulge in activities inimical to India or behave in a manner incompatible with their diplomatic status”.