Pakistan deciding to pull out four officials from India: Foreign office sources
New Delhi: Days after Indian authorities declared Pakistan High Commission staffer persona non grata, the neighbour country has decided to pull out four of its official from India.
According to the Foreign Office sources," Pakistan is considering pulling out the four officials namely Commercial Counsellor Syed Furrukh Habib and First Secretaries Khadim Hussain, Mudassir Cheema and Shahid Iqball." A recorded statement of Pak high Commission staffer Mehmood Akhtar was released in this regard after he was expelled from India following the act of espionage.
“They took me to a police station after detaining me where I was forced to read out a written statement provided by them in which the names of the four officers were given and was told to state that they belonged to Pakistan’s intelligence services,” the former High Commission official said after returning to Islamabad last week.
Akhtar also said that he was man handled and picked while on his way back from Nizamuddin shrine and taken to a Delhi police station, where he was forced to record a statement before being expelled from the country.
It may be recalled that Pakistan had earlier also blamed India for serious breach of diplomatic norms. After the staffer was detained the Pak officials alleged that Indian move was a deliberate and provocative action which has complicated the tensed situation of the countries and threatened the lives of diplomatic staff of both the nation.