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Espionage row: Pakistan may ask two Indian envoys to leave over spying charges

Geo TV Reported That Commercial Counsellor Rajesh Agnihotri And Press Counsellor Balbir Singh May Be Expelled.

PTI | Updated on: 02 Nov 2016, 08:44:58 PM
A file photo of Pakistan high commission's office in New Delhi. (Getty Images)


Pakistan may ask at least two officials of the Indian high commission to leave the country for their alleged involvement in subversive activities, a local media report said on Wednesday.

The two officials were identified and their photographs were being flashed by different TV news channels.

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

Espionage row: 4 Pak high commission officials named by Mehmood Akhtar leave India

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 Surjeet 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. There were no immediate comments from the Indian High Commission about the reports.

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First Published : 02 Nov 2016, 08:35:00 PM