Spy row: India to recall 8 officials from Pak

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New Delhi, November 3: In a yet another fall back of India’s espionage charge on its officials, Pakistani media on Thursday disclosed identity of 8 Indian officials and tagged them as “undercover operatives,” compromising their security. India has decided to withdraw all the officials from Islamabad.

India regretted Pakistan’s poor retaliatory action of calling its officials as spies after India expelled Paki high commission official, Mehmood Akhtar a few days ago. India caught him receiving documents from Indian collaborators and he hinted that as much as 16 more people are involved. The six Pakistani officials, named by Akhtar flew out of Delhi yesterday.

Soon after the Paki officials left India, Pakistan media named 2 Indian officials “Rajesh Agnihotri” and “Balbir Singh” as “Indian spies” and members of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) or the Indian Intelligence Bureau (IIB). In next few hours another six Indian officials were accused for spying and instigating terrorism. India has decided to withdraw all 8 officials in a couple of days.

The Dawn of Pakistan boasted off a media leak and alleged Indian intelligence personnel Rajesh Kumar Agnihotri, commercial counsellor in the Indian High Commission; Balbir Singh, First Secretary, Press and Culture; Anurag Singh First Secretary, Commercial; Amardeep Singh Bhatti, Visa Attache; Dhar­medra; Vijay Kumar Verma and Madhavan Nanda Kumar (Visa Assistants); and Jayabalan Senthil, Assistant, Personnel Welfare Office as spies.

Although Dawn said in its report that no foreign office official was available to confirm the media leak, still it compromised Indian officials’ security by running the report.

The series of expulsions from both the sides suggest worsening India Pakistan bilateral ties and relations. India’s J & K is already burning due to ongoing unrest from past 118 days. Since surgical strikes were conducted by India on PoK based terror camps, Pakistan has been violating cease fire and shelling village on LoC and IB. The cross border tension is worsening everyday.

Wefornews Bureau 

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