Pakistan on Monday summoned a senior Indian diplomat to express its strong protest over India’s decision to expel two of its officials at the High Commission in New Delhi on charges of spying, a news agency reported. Earlier on Sunday India had declared two officials of the Pakistan High Commission as “persona non grata” on charges of espionage. They were ordered to leave the country within 24 hours, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had said.
The two officials, Abid Hussain and Muhammad Tahir, were allegedly caught by Delhi Police while obtaining sensitive documents about India’s security installations. The documents were supplied by an Indian citizen in exchange for money.
“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 24 four hours,” the MEA had said in a statement on Sunday.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office (FO) said the Indian Charge d’ Affaires was summoned for a “strong demarche”. The country also condemned the decision to declare two officials of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi as persona non grata. It also called India’s allegations baseless. It also said India’s actions were in violation of the Vienna Convention.