New Delhi, November 2: Days after intelligence agencies uncovered an espionage racket involving a top official of the Pakistani High Commission, six officials left India on Wednesday, leaving many questions unanswered. Media reports suggested that the officials have acted according to the orders of the Nawaz Sharif government and have returned home, via the Wagah border. Four of these officials were named by the earlier expelled official whose name had surfaced first in the racket- Mehmood Akhtar. Akhtar had revealed their names during investigation which followed his change of status as persona non-grata after he was found to have been spying.
Meanwhile, the Times of India reported that India has decided to pull out two of its officials working at its High Commission in Pakistan, after their identities were revealed in the Pakistani media. More details are awaited about the same. Mehmood Akhtar had revealed during interrogation that he was a part of a bigger espionage ring, operating from the mission. He had been detained by the Delhi Police crime branch, and it was found that he was trying to gather information for a possible terror strike on India.
Apart from the four officials that Akhtar named, there were as many as 10 other officials who had also been tasked with gathering information from Indians, who they honey trapped using money as a lure. Mehmood worked in the visa department of the Pakistani High Commission and was using his diplomatic immunity to collect critical information including deployment of Border Security Force (BSF) officials along the Line of Control. Two other accomplices of Akhtar had also been apprehended. ALSO READ: Pakistan espionage case: Spy Mehmood Akhtar reveals bigger ring in Pakistan High Commission
Identified as Subhash Jangir and Maulana Ramzan, the men, along with Mehmood Akhtar, were arrested from a zoo in the national capital last week. While Akhtar was released after interrogation, since he enjoyed diplomatic immunity. A fourth person, Shoaib, a Jodhpur-based visa and passport agent was also apprehended by Jodhpur police later. Meanwhile, in order to avenge India’s actions on its officials, Pakistan has also declared one its officials as persona-non grata.