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India may recall eight diplomats from Pakistan

Eight Indian diplomats may be withdrawn from Pakistan as their identity has been compromised after reports in the local media. The safety of the Indian diplomats was compromised as their identities were posted online

India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: November 03, 2016 8:30 IST ]
Indian embassy in pak
Indian embassy in pak

Eight Indian diplomats may be withdrawn from Pakistan as their identity has been compromised after reports in the local media. 

The safety of the Indian diplomats was compromised as their identities were posted online and their photos flashed by Pakistani news channels, reports say.

The decision came hours after Pakistan pulled out six officials posted from its High Commission in New Delhi. 

Pakistani TV channels and news websites initially ran stories that described Indian commercial counselor Rajesh Agnihotri and press secretary Balbir Singh as intelligence agents. Later, names of six more Indian officials were made public.

The six had reportedly been named as accomplices by Mehmood Akhtar, who worked at the High Commission and was expelled last week for alleged espionage. 

Akhtar was caught by the police at the Delhi zoo while receiving sensitive documents from two men from Rajasthan. 

Police said he had been recruited by Pakistani Inter-Services intelligence or ISI three years ago and later posted in the High Commission in Delhi. He worked in the visa section, allegedly so he could recruit potential spies.

The external affairs ministry also summoned Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner Syed Haider Shah and protested against ceasefire violations on the frontiers in Kashmir. 

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