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Pak may ask two Indian diplomats to leave for alleged spying: report

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Published Nov 2, 2016, 5:14 pm IST
Updated Nov 2, 2016, 5:17 pm IST
Officials in Islamabad believe one of the two Indian men worked for the RAW spy agency.
Bilateral ties between India and Pakistan are at a all time low. (Representational Image)
 Bilateral ties between India and Pakistan are at a all time low. (Representational Image)

Islamabad: Pakistan may expel two Indian diplomats in Islamabad for spying and has revealed their names, Pakistani media said on Wednesday, the latest tit-for-tat measure amid worsening ties between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Pakistani officials believe one of the two Indian men worked for the RAW spy agency, while the other spied for India's Intelligence Bureau, said Pakistani Geo TV and most other channels, citing anonymous sources.

 

In New Delhi, Vikas Swarup, the spokesman for Ministry of External Affairs said the ministry was "aware" of the media reports.

"We have yet to receive any official communication in the matter," Swarup added.

Geo TV reported that commercial counsellor Rajesh Agnihotri and press counsellor Balbir Singh may be expelled.

Citing sources, the channel claimed that Agnihotri was directly linked with RAW while Singh was working for Intelligence Bureau (IB) and they were allegedly using their positions in Pakistan as cover to hide their real identities.

 

It claimed Singh was also running a network of militants in Pakistan and expelled High Commission official Surgeet Singh was also part of his network.

The development came after reports that Pakistan may call back at least four officials at its High Commission in India after they were named in a recorded statement of Mehmood Akhtar who was briefly detained and then expelled by India.

They include commercial counsellor Syed Furrukh Habib and first secretaries Khadim Hussain, Mudassir Cheema and Shahid Iqbal.

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