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Three High Commission officials in Pakistan leave for India: Report

Three Indian High Commission officials, declared persona non grata by Pakistan, left for India today.

India TV News Desk, Islamabad [ Updated: November 08, 2016 13:39 IST ]
High Commission of India in Islamabad
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Three Indian High Commission officials, declared persona non grata by Pakistan, left for India today.

According to Pakistani media, the names of the three Indian officials who left for India this morning are Vijay Kumar Varma, First Secretary Commercial Anurag Singh and Mandhawan Nanda Kumar. 

The three left for Dubai from Islamabad on a morning Emirates flight. The other remaining five Indian officials -- Rajesh Kumar Agnihotri, Amerdeep Singh Bhatti, Dharmendra Sodhi, Balbir Singh and Jayabalan Senthil -- are expected to travel back to India tomorrow via Wagah border.

The officials were initially expected to leave on Sunday, however, due to incomplete travel documents, their departure was delayed.

Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria last week had read out a statement at his weekly briefing saying that a number of Indian diplomats and staffers were involved in "coordinating terrorist and subversive activities in Pakistan under the garb of diplomatic assignments". 

He had named the eight Indian officials, accusing them of being members of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Intelligence Bureau (IB). 

There was no official confirmation on how many Indian officials had left Pakistan and were expected to leave the country. 

Last month, Pakistan had declared Indian High Commission official Surjeet Singh persona non-grata after India's action against Pakistan High Commission official Mehmood Akhtar following Indian police's busting of an ISI-run spy ring. 

On November 2, Pakistan had pulled out six of its officials in the wake of the spy scandal. 

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